Trudeau car­bon tax lacks vot­ers’ sup­port

St. Thomas Times-Journal - - COMMENT -

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau made the laugh­able as­ser­tion Fri­day that he was elected by Cana­di­ans to im­ple­ment a na­tional car­bon tax.

In­stead of lis­ten­ing to mem­bers of the pub­lic, Trudeau has de­cided to fight them and con­de­scend to them. And the num­bers are in­creas­ingly turn­ing against him. Good luck with that.

Last week, Man­i­toba Premier Brian Pal­lis­ter an­nounced he was can­celling his prov­ince’s plans for a $25-atonne car­bon tax.

Pal­lis­ter pre­vi­ously had ar­gued that was the car­bon price his prov­ince’s econ­omy could ab­sorb. But Trudeau re­mains de­fi­ant that he in­tends to force Man­i­toba — and ev­ery other prov­ince in Canada — to dou­ble it to $50 a tonne.

Pal­lis­ter said he sat down with Trudeau to dis­cuss “the wis­dom of re­spect­ing our plan.”

When Trudeau would not lis­ten, Pal­lis­ter said he felt he had to bow out of the car­bon tax en­tirely.

“Ei­ther we’re stand­ing up now to the fed­eral threat or we’re stand­ing up in a year. So, which one’s bet­ter? I would say now,” Pal­lis­ter said.

Now, is a good time for Canada’s pre­miers to op­pose this un­pop­u­lar tax on ev­ery­thing. And it looks like they’re ral­ly­ing to­gether.

On Fri­day, On­tario Premier Doug Ford trav­elled to Al­berta to join United Con­ser­va­tive Party Leader Ja­son Ken­ney at an anti-car­bon tax rally.

“That’s to Al­berta’s ad­van­tage and I think we need to so­lid­ify the al­liances that are de­vel­op­ing with other prov­inces,” Ken­ney said.

Even Al­berta’s NDP Premier Rachel Not­ley has with­drawn from the na­tional car­bon tax plan as a way of protest­ing the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s in­ept han­dling of the Trans Moun­tain pipeline file.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe also is against the car­bon tax and has launched a ref­er­ence case with the prov­ince’s Court of Ap­peal.

In fact, only Bri­tish Columbia and Que­bec are on board with the plan.

Yet Trudeau still, bizarrely, is claim­ing he has a man­date from Cana­dian to en­act the un­pop­u­lar tax.

“We have de­cided as a gov­ern­ment, and Cana­di­ans asked us to do this in 2015, that we are go­ing to put a price on pol­lu­tion,” he said Fri­day.

It’s plain ob­vi­ous the coun­try has turned against the car­bon tax.

Why isn’t Trudeau on side with or­di­nary Cana­di­ans?

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