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New study predicts Nova Scotians will pay highest carbon tax

The University of Calgary study predicts Nova Scotians will pay an average of $1,120 for heating, oil, gasoline and electricity combined
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HALIFAX - A new study predicts Nova Scotia will be shelling out the most cash out of any province as a result of the Trudeau Government's carbon tax.

The University of Calgary study predicts Nova Scotians will pay an average of $1,120 for heating, oil, gasoline and electricity combined.

All this, despite the fact Nova Scotia already met its 2030 emission reduction targets.

Larry Hughes, professor with MacEachen institute for Public Policy and Governance, told NEWS 95.7 forcing Nova Scotians to pay full carbon taxes is unfair.

Hughes said Nova Scotia's emission reduction went hand in hand with a low provincial GDP growth but adds he isn't sure how closely the two are linked.

He said he's concerned about the impact the carbon tax will have on the lowest income households in the province already struggling to pay for energy essentials.

The province has proposed an alternate cap and trade system coming into full effect in 2019, but Hughes says it's unclear if this system will be approved by the federal government.




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