April 22nd, 2024

Poilievre dangles ‘carbon tax election,’ as Liberal MPs ask critics for a better idea

By The Canadian Press on March 20, 2024.

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre addresses his caucus on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, March 20, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OTTAWA – Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre is threatening to try and plunge the country into a “carbon tax election,” as Liberal MPs continue to defend the government’s signature climate policy.

Poilievre’s plan to move a motion of no confidence in the House of Commons is just his latest manoeuvre to keep the pressure on as backlash to the policy grows.

The Opposition leader has ratcheted up his attacks before the consumer carbon levy rises to $80 per tonne from $65 on April 1, adding about three cents to a litre of gasoline.

Seven provincial premiers have also panned what Poilievre prefers to call the 23 per cent hike, citing a high cost of living driven by inflation and high food prices.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has rejected their pleas to cancel the increase, saying last week at a news conference in Calgary that it’s all too easy for government to delay climate change action.

Liberals say if Poilievre or premiers are aware of better ways to cut emissions without costing Canadians money, they should say so.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Mar. 20, 2024.

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