The Honourable Andrew Scheer, P.C., M.P. Leader of the Official Opposition
July 8, 2019
Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
Dear Prime Minister:
On June 28th, your government held a press conference to ‘update’ members of the media on your secret fuel tax. However, despite repeated questions from journalists and Members of Parliament, you continue to cover up how much this new tax will cost Canadians and the Canadian economy. Your carbon tax has already increased the cost of gasoline by five cents a litre. This has made it more expensive for moms and dads to drive to their kids to soccer practice, for seniors to get to their doctor's appointments, for farmers to plant their crops, and for small business owners to serve their customers. Everyday essentials like groceries and home heating have also become more expensive, meaning more Canadians are just getting by, instead of getting ahead. Your secret fuel tax will undoubtedly increase the cost of gasoline by at least another four cents a litre, a fact you continue to hide. It is also an unprecedented tax that will apply to all fuel sources, including the fuel used for manufacturing and home heating, which will make Canadian businesses less competitive and gas more expensive.
While you have never had to worry about paying more at the pump, for some families living paycheck to paycheck, an extra $100 a month matters. Prime Minister, Canadians are tired of your government’s never-ending tax hikes and deserve to know the truth. You promised transparency, but yet again are not as advertised.
Given these facts, will you scrap your secret fuel tax? I can assure you that this October, a new Conservative government under my leadership will scrap your carbon tax and your secret fuel tax, leave more money in Canadians’ pockets, and let them get ahead.
The Honourable Andrew Scheer,
P.C., M.P. Leader of the Official Opposition
443-A WEST BLOCK / ÉDIFICE DE L’OUEST OTTAWA, CANADA K1A 0A6