Bernard Généreux, Member of Parliament for Montmagny–L’Islet–Kamouraska–Rivière-du-Loup, presented a motion in the House of Commons on Friday, May 31, 2019, calling on the federal government to eliminate GST on residential energy bills, which would save Canadian households close to $117 a year.
Knowing how the increased cost of living is affecting residents in his riding, Mr. Généreux is hoping that the House of Commons will recognize that heating a home during Canadian winters is not a luxury, but basic necessity, like food and shelter.
Mr. Généreux pointed out that Conservative leader Andrew Scheer made a commitment to Canadians on March 6, 2019, to eliminate GST on residential heating and energy bills if a Conservative government is elected in the fall of 2019.
“The government then has a choice to make,” he said. “it can continue to tax the most vulnerable and take advantage of them to pay down the deficit that it created, or it can find a way to give customers a GST credit on their hydro and home heating costs.”
In Motion M-230, Mr. Généreux also calls for the government to recognize that low-income Canadians are disproportionately affected by energy costs, with 21% of Canadian households spending more than 10% of their income on energy. He closed by calling on the government to repeal the carbon tax, pointing out that it would have no measurable effect on greenhouse gas emissions, but would raise costs for Canadian consumers.
“As we know, heating is not a luxury; it is a necessity. As elected officials, we are here to ensure that the government meets the needs of families, not the other way around,” he said.
See his full speech (13:32) .