The Hamilton Spectator

NDP backs Tory motion calling for ‘emergency meeting’


The federal New Democrats backed Conservati­ve demands Wednesday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau take part in a televised “emergency meeting” on carbon pricing with Canada’s premiers.

The federal carbon price is not the “be-all, end-all” of climate policy, and New Democrats are open to alternativ­e plans presented by premiers, NDP environmen­t critic Laurel Collins said Wednesday.

Collins accused the Liberal government of using climate as a political wedge issue, and that a meeting would help unite Canadians and spark new ideas. “We need to bring Canadians together to fight the climate emergency, to tackle the cost of living crisis, and we need a government that will support them,” Collins said.

The New Democrats backed a non-binding Conservati­ve motion demanding that Trudeau sit down with provincial and territoria­l leaders within five weeks.

The motion passed Wednesday in the House of Commons with the support of both the New Democrats and the Bloc Québécois. Liberal MPs opposed it.

“Trudeau has a responsibi­lity to listen to Canada’s premiers about the misery his carbon tax is causing Canadians,” the Conservati­ve party said in a statement following the vote.

“In this meeting, he must also allow provinces to opt out of the federal carbon tax and pursue other responsibl­e ideas for lowering emissions without taxes.”

The Conservati­ves insist that the carbon price is making life less affordable for Canadians, while the Liberals insist their carbon price rebates mean most Canadians actually end up with more money at the end of the day.

Trudeau has so far spurned requests for a face-to-face meeting.

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