CANADA Ford takes anti-carbon tax crusade westward
Ontario premier set to work with provincial leaders to fight feds
Premier Doug Ford is on the road, taking his anti-carbontax message out West and meeting with like-minded provincial leaders in Saskatchewan and Alberta.
After a meeting with Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe on Thursday, Moe announced Premier Doug Ford called carbon taxes “job killing” and “family hurting.” he would join Ontario’s challenge of the federal government’s right to impose a carbon pricing scheme on provinces that don’t devise their own.
Ford had already pledged — back in July at an annual meeting of premiers — to support Saskatchewan’s ongoing court case.
“The one issue Ontario and Saskatchewan are most closely aligned on is the fight against the Trudeau Liberal carbon tax,” Ford said at a joint press conference held in Saskatoon.
“It is the worst possible tax for Canadian economies and for Canadian families. It has nothing to do with the environment.”
Shortly after taking office, Ford cancelled Ontario’s capand-trade system — which forced big polluters to purchase carbon “credits” that could be sold if their emissions came in lower than required — but has yet to announce a replacement climate-change plan.
Ford also noted Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is abandoning his province’s plans to comply with Ottawa. Willy Blomme, right, is no longer the chief of staff to NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh OTTAWA—Veteran New Democrat MP Charlie Angus says the surprise resignation of party leader Jagmeet Singh’s chief of staff is “the beginning of a big reset” as the NDP tries to gain traction with voters ahead of next year’s federal election.
The party announced Thursday that Willy Blomme submitted a letter of resignation and will step aside as Singh’s chief of staff for undisclosed “personal reasons” after her replacement is chosen.
Angus, the long-serving MP for Timmins-James Bay, said he has “enormous respect” for Blomme, who worked for former NDP leader Jack Layton and the left-leaning Broadbent Institute before joining Singh’s office last January.