The carbon tax is hurting seniors living in rural Ontario.

That’s coming from John Yakabuski, MPP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, who says that the tax, which is causing gas prices to hike, is hurting people who need to use their cars. He says this specifically affects rural Ontario and seniors living on fixed incomes. “This drives up the cost of anything that needs to be delivered, fuel for groceries, everything you use is impacted and that’s going to hurt people living on a fixed income like seniors” he says.

Yakabuski says that he believes the federal government didn’t create the tax to reduce fuel emissions but rather to take money out of the pockets of hard-working Ontarians so they could spend it how they see fit.

When it comes to the Madawaska Valley, the Barry’s Bay native says that “a lot of people move here to retire and one of the motivating things is housing and health care” and continues by stating that the tax now makes the cost of living less affordable, and that’s not fair.

Yakabuski says that his party will use all the tools they have to fight the tax which is set to cost the average household an extra $648 a year by 2022.