Mr. Speaker, $6,739 will be the heat bill facing a typical family using oil heat in rural Ontario and rural Atlantic Canada this coming winter. That is frightening.
They have no alternative. There is no natural gas. Electric resistance heating is just as expensive, and heat pumps will not work at -20°C in homes built before the 1980s, whether they are ground source or air source pumps.
We asked the government to help them and it refused.
In fact, this is the only G7 government that has increased energy taxes while prices are at an all-time high.
The government is getting away with it because the NDP is letting it. Canadians cannot afford this costly agreement between the NDP and the Liberal Party, and they certainly cannot afford to pay $6,739 to heat their homes this coming winter.