The Province says the carbon tax is hurting those who are already hurting.

John Yakabuski, MPP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke says that the federal government’s carbon tax will hurt hospitals.

He says the tax will force hospitals to focus more on the rising costs of heating and focus less on reducing wait times and hallway health care. The Province says that by 2022, the carbon tax will have cost Ontario community hospitals 27.2 million dollars.

As for the solution, the Province says their “Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan” is the way to reducing emissions without imposing a tax. They say that with the plan, they commit to reducing emissions by 30 percent (below 2005 levels) by the year 2030. They add that they are already on par with their target, which has emissions down 22 percent since 2005.

They say the carbon tax will increase the cost of heating of the St. Francis Memorial Hospital in Barry’s Bay by $9 985, and increase it by $99 211 at the Pembroke Regional Hospital come 2023. For their part, Renfrew Victoria Hospital should see the cost of heating go up by $59 146.