CANADA Ford takes anti-car­bon tax cru­sade west­ward

On­tario premier set to work with pro­vin­cial lead­ers to fight feds

StarMetro Edmonton - - CANADA - Kristin Rushowy Alex Ballingall

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.

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