True Lies: Canada's Carbon Tax and You
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True Lies: Canada's Carbon Tax and You

A woman pumps gas in Toronto on Tuesday, May 10, 2011. People in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick will be paying more for gasoline and heating fuel Monday when the federal government's carbon tax begins in provinces that refused to impose their own emissions pricing. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

Did the federal carbon tax just drive up the price of gas in four provinces? It sure did, and lots of other things, too. But will you get that money back, and maybe more on top of it? Also yes. This is why you’re going to hear a lot of technically-not-lies on this issue over the next six months.

Conservatives spent the weekend telling Canadians to horde gas against the looming expense. Liberals enlisted a celebrity guest to help reassure those same Canadians that really, it wouldn’t be so bad. No matter whom you choose the believe, there are plenty of facts out there to support your case.

But instead, we’re going to ask our Parliament Hill reporter to try to cut through the spin and explain how this works, what it means for you, and why the spin on this issue has been so dizzying.

GUEST: Cormac Mac Sweeney, Parliament Hill reporter

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