Doug Ford slams Trudeau and federal carbon tax plan

Average Ont. family of 4 to receive $307 in carbon tax rebates

Trudeau said 80 percent of families in the four provinces will be better off as a result of the annual rebates that range from $300 in Ontario to almost $600 in Saskatchewan.

That doesn't include a trade-and-cap mechanism for heavy industry that starts in January; any tax revenue from that program will go to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions; federal officials are still ironing out those plans.

He insisted "starting next year, it will no longer be free to pollute anywhere in Canada" but in the next breath promised he'll return 90% of the taxes collected to those who pay them.

Nunavut and the Yukon have chosen to embrace both the federal price on carbon and large emitter plans, while Prince Edward Island has its own carbon plan but will be adopting the federal approach to taxing large emitters. The remaining 10 per cent will support small businesses, universities, hospitals, schools, municipalities, non-profits and Indigenous communities - organizations that won't be able to pass 100 per cent of the cost on to consumers.

On Tuesday, Ottawa detailed how it would enforce its carbon tax rebate system in those four provinces, which effectively involves paying out reimbursements to voters. Details of that program are not yet available.

In Ontario, where Trudeau will be making the announcement, CTV News has confirmed that the carbon tax rebate for an average family in Ontario will be around $300 this upcoming year.

Rebates will be determined when Canadians file taxes, either added to the refund payment or deducted from tax owing.

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Ford, whose Progressive Conservatives introduced legislation to scrap Ontario's cap-and-trade system established by the former Liberal government, says Trudeau should be ready for a fight on the carbon tax issue and raised questions about the timing of the rebate announcement. The amount will be based on the number of adults and children in a household. The rebates will ensure families don't suffer and can further increase their savings if they do find ways to reduce their emissions. "They know that carbon pollution doesn't have boundaries".

"It will hurt taxpayers, will not be good for the economy and will not help the environment", Conservative leader Andrew Scheer said.

Trudeau believes Canadians will be on the side of pricing pollution in order to ensure emissions are cut and climate change is kept in check because they have seen the impacts from forest fires and floods to droughts and heat waves.

"Will we kick this can down the road yet again to be dealt with in another place or at another time, or will we show some courage and do what needs to be done for this generation and the next?" he said, addressing students at Humber College in Toronto. "Plain and simple, the Trudeau carbon tax will make life harder and more expensive in Ontario".

That means households will receive roughly nine months of revenues from the carbon tax in mid-2019, despite only having paid the levy for a few of those months.

Trudeau said the 2014 agreement for light armoured vehicles, signed by Canada's previous Conservative government and a Canadian unit of USA weapons maker General Dynamics Corp, had been written in such a way that taxpayers would have to pay a large amount of money to end it. "Canadians have known all along that Justin Trudeau's carbon tax was just a tax plan, dressed up as an emissions plan".

Ottawa announced two years ago it would require every province to have a price on emissions, and that it would impose one on those who refused. The tax will start out at $20 a tonne and rise to $50 by 2022.

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