Falcon will cancel NDP scheme to ban natural gas which imposes devastating costs on British Columbians

VANCOUVER (January 26, 2024) – Amidst a cost of living crisis, David Eby and the NDP are planning to impose thousands of dollars of new costs on British Columbians as they ban natural gas for home heating by 2030 as part of their ‘CostBC’ scheme.

“This is another financial hit on people throughout this province. More than half of British Columbians are within $200 every month of not being able to afford their bills, and yet David Eby and the NDP think forcing folks to spend thousands of dollars for new heating systems as they ban natural gas is a smart idea. It’s ridiculous,” said Kevin Falcon, BC United Leader. “The NDP is pushing a policy that will force families into a corner — either freeze in your own home or break the bank on electric heat pumps. BC United will scrap this plan and get rid of the carbon tax on all home heating fuels to ensure that B.C. communities are not left out in the cold by reckless NDP ideology.”

The NDP’s proposal, buried in the CleanBC consultation paper, means that families will have to dish out anywhere from $4,100 to $15,000 for new heating systems, which may never see a financial return on that investment.

“Heating our homes is essential, and budgets are tighter than ever — this is just more NDP overreach. No government should force British Columbians to choose between heating their homes and being able to afford groceries and yet the NDP’s ‘CostBC’ scheme continues to impose new and burdensome costs on British Columbians,” added MLA Peter Milobar, BC United Shadow Minister of Finance. “On top of that, this expectation is completely unrealistic, we simply don’t have enough electricity for every house to shift to electric heat because the NDP has failed to invest in our electrical grid and delayed Site C. This scheme only serves to highlight just how out of touch the NDP truly is because nothing about this plot makes any sense in the real world.”