Tories withdraw support for federal carbon tax

The Conservative Party has ended its support for the federal carbon tax.

Interim leader Candice Bergen spoke to the caucuses at a meeting on February 9 and said the carbon tax issue would be addressed in the next leadership race.

For now, the Tories will stick to their official position on the federal carbon tax promoted by the Liberal government, according to a February 9 report. Toronto star..

The move from Bergen was a week after former leader Erin O’Toole was expelled to the caucuses on February 2.

Outur announced its own carbon tax during the 2021 federal election campaign, overturning its previous commitment to not introduce a carbon tax system of any kind.

January 31st, Conservative Rep. Bob Benzene statement One of the reasons for the caucuses calling for a review of Outur’s leadership was his “adoption of a de facto carbon tax policy in April 2021.”

Bergen’s decision to reduce carbon taxes was welcomed by the Canadian Taxpayer Federation (CTF). The CTF issued a statement on the same day that it was right for the party.

“Carbon taxes cost Canadians a lot, but they aren’t working. That’s exactly one of the policies that official opposition parties should oppose,” said Franco Terrazzano, Federal Director of the CTF.

“Inflation is one of the key economic problems facing Canadian families, and carbon taxes make these difficult times even more severe as it costs money to drive a car to work or heat a house. doing.”

by Canada Revenue AgencyThe federal carbon tax will be raised to 11 cents per liter of gasoline from April 1st.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also announced in December 2020 that he would raise the carbon tax on fuels to $ 170 per ton by 2030. The current tax amount is $ 50 per ton, but it will be increased by $ 15 each year from 2023 until it reaches $ 170 per ton. Tons in 2030 as part of a liberal plan to have 40-45 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than in 2005 by 2030.

It wasn’t just Bergen’s refusal to tax the carbon tax that Mr. Outur turned around this week. She also welcomed Senator Dennis Batters to the party’s national caucuses.

Last November, Autour was banished to Autur for leading a petition seeking the signature of a party member if he wanted his leadership to be reviewed earlier than the scheduled date of 2023. She made him unreliable because of the carbon tax she said.

Despite being expelled from the party’s national caucuses by Outur, the Tory Senate Caucus and the Saskatchewan Caucus decided to keep her folded.

“I am very grateful to be back at the Caucus. After the Caucus on February 9, Mr. Batters told reporters that it was a moving moment.

Canadian Press contributed to this report.

Isaac Theo


Isaac Teo is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.

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