Timmins-James Bay Member of Parliament Charlie Angus is asking the federal Liberal government to remove the GST off home heating, as winter sets in.
The New Democrat says paying for heat is especially hard in rural areas like in his riding, with so many people on fixed incomes, and pointed out that oil companies are making record profits
“Canadians are paying through the nose,” he told Question Period, “and of course, the Conservatives’ solution is to make pollution free for big oil, which is great for the shareholders.”
Angus says the money to convert from oil heating to a heat pump announced Monday won’t help. He says people who can’t pay their bills can’t afford the rest of the installation cost.
He says there’s something the Liberals can do to help.
“They can work with New Democrats to take the GST off home heating so that seniors and the working class can have a better deal this winter. Will they work with us?”
In reply, the parliamentary secretary to the environment minister said Canada was praised at last week’s COP 27 climate conference as a leader in reducing the use of coal. Terry Duguid said the Liberals are on the offence against climate change, but the Conservatives “are ragging the puck”.