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New Brunswick Tories say carbon tax would have big impact on fishing industry – CP

by ahnationtalk on September 19, 201814 Views

Source: The Canadian Press
Sep 19, 2018

GRAND MANAN, N.B. _ New Brunswick’s Progressive Conservative leader says few sectors will feel the proposed carbon tax more than the fishing industry, and the tax must be stopped.

Blaine Higgs made the announcement on Grand Manan Island, where much of the economy is dependent on lobster fishing.

He says the carbon tax would significantly drive up the cost of fuel, and that’s an expense the industry can’t absorb.

Higgs has vowed to join other provinces in a court challenge of the carbon tax.

He says the fishing industry is already under pressure from restrictions and closures that shortened the lobster season in some areas.

Higgs says fishermen have no control over the market price of lobster, and as a result there’s no way for them to recoup the extra cost of fuel caused by a carbon tax.

INDEX: ENVIRONMENT FISHERIES ATLANTIC POLITICS

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