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Oct 31, 2023
Chief Abram Benedict says policy is unfair to Indigenous communities
OTTAWA — With the Liberal government opening the door to exemptions to its carbon tax, an Ontario Grand Chief wants it pushed even wider to a full exemption to the levy on Indigenous lands.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last week that the government would exempt home heating oil from the carbon tax for the next three years. The exemption will apply nationwide, but the benefit will mostly flow to the Atlantic provinces where 40 per cent of homes use the more carbon intensive fuel to heat their homes.
Abram Benedict, Grand Chief of the Akwesasne First Nation, has advocated for an exemption for all Ontario Indigenous reserves through the Chiefs of Ontario group.