Report From Parliament Hill
Eric Melillo, MP, Kenora Riding
It was a pleasure to welcome Cynthia Palermo, a teacher at Dryden High School, to Ottawa. She joins 84 other teachers from across Canada to attend the Library of Parliament’s Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy. We discussed strategies to promote civic engagement to students. I also spoke with law class students at Beaver Brae Secondary School to talk about my role as a Member of Parliament throughout the process of creating laws.
Carbon Tax Carve Out
Recently, the federal government announced a carbon tax carve out by suspending the tax on home heating oil for three years. This temporary pause will not help 97% of Canadians.
Despite this announcement, Canadians will still pay Trudeau’s carbon tax on gas, heat and groceries. The Prime Minister even admitted that he is “doubling down” on his plan to quadruple the carbon tax on Canadians. This tax will continue to go up every year, increasing the pain felt by families in northwestern Ontario and across Canada.
A Liberal minister revealed that the carbon tax has always been about politics. The Minister said the carbon tax carve out was granted because Atlantic Liberal MPs were vocal and Canadians west of Ottawa should have voted Liberal if they wanted a carve out for their region. The majority of MPs in northern Ontario are Liberals, including a Liberal Minister, but they were missing in action. Just one year ago, they voted to keep the tax on home heating.
Conservatives are ready to pass legislation to axe both carbon taxes and bring home lower prices for all Canadians.
Working for You
If you’re planning to be in Ottawa and are interested in attending Question Period or taking a tour of Parliament, please let me know and my office can help reserve Question Period and tour tickets.
As always, if there is anything my office can assist you with, please call me at 807-223-2182 (Dryden) or 807-468-2170 (Kenora) or email me at [email protected].
Member of Parliament