Halifax, N.S — The Council of Atlantic Premiers is calling for a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss the impact of the new federal Clean Fuel Regulations on residents in the Atlantic region.
The council states that the new regulations, which took effect on July 1, will have a disproportionate impact on Atlantic Canada, with significant price increases for gasoline and diesel.
As part of the Clean Fuel Regulations, the federal government requires suppliers to reduce the carbon intensity of gasoline and diesel fuels they produce. Back in May, it was indicated that by 2030 the carbon tax for Canadian homes will increase.
Costs will vary across the country, but estimated costs will increase from $384 in B.C. to $1,157 in Alberta.
In May, the council previously met with Steven Guilbeault, minister of environment and climate change, to voice their concerns. In June, a follow-up meeting was held, and the council stated that no new information or solutions were presented regarding the impact of the new regulations.
The council states that Guilbeault previously confirmed that during the development of the regulations, it was identified that the Clean Fuel Regulations would have a disproportionate impact on Atlantic Canadians, but it was decided to move forward regardless.
As per its letter, the council states that “Atlantic Provinces remain committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Together as a region and in our respective provinces, Atlantic Premiers are aggressively taking climate action. We have made substantial progress in advancing the green transition, particularly as it relates to renewable and non-emitting energy development. We continue to be an active partner for collective efforts to address climate change.”
The council adds that until further analysis can be completed on the disproportionate impact these regulation changes will have on Atlantic Canadians, it is requesting to meet with Trudeau and ask him to pause the implementation of the regulations.
Additionally, the premiers are asking residents of Atlantic Canada to speak up and ask their MPs to reconsider implementing the Clean Fuel Regulations. Residents can visit www.fightthefedhike.ca to send a letter to their MPs and learn more about the expected impact of this new tax on Atlantic Canadians.