Liberal Government Reconsidering $420 Million in Federal Green Funding for Ontario

July 09, 2018

In early June, the people of Ontario delivered a clear message to both the former Liberal provincial and current Liberal federal governments: they don’t want a carbon tax. Following the election of Premier Doug Ford and his Conservative provincial government, he’s now honouring his promise of cancelling Ontario’s cap-and-trade program. This has led to federal Environment and Climate Change Minister, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, to recently acknowledge that the current federal Liberal government is reconsidering $420 million in federal funding that was reserved for Ontario under the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund. Such funding was tied to the province imposing a carbon tax and complying with the Liberal government’s national climate change framework. However, Conservatives at both the provincial and federal levels understand that you can’t tax your way to a cleaner environment.

Justin Trudeau and his current Liberal government are increasing the cost of living for every Canadian, including driving already skyrocketing gas prices even higher with his carbon tax scheme. They’ve also continued to refuse to tell Canadians about the true cost of the carbon tax on the average Canadian family, despite being asked about it repetitively in the House of Commons for several weeks. It’s time for the Prime Minister and his government to come clean with Canadians. They admit that gasoline prices will go up by at least 11cents per litre and that the cost of heating one’s home will increase by over $200. However, they won’t tell us the overall cost to an average Canadian family. It’s because they do not want Canadians to know what this scheme will cost.

The Parliamentary Budget Officer released a new report recently which found that the sexist Liberal carbon tax will take $10 billion out of the Canadian economy by 2022, while other estimates argue the cost could be as much as $35 billion per year. This will hurt jobs, workers, and their families. Furthermore, the Liberals’ sexist carbon tax will not lead to major emission reductions in Canada. Despite having the highest carbon tax in Canada, emissions have continued to rise in British Columbia. As a result, British Columbians now pay more for gas than anyone else in North America. B.C.’s carbon tax isn’t helping the environment; it’s just costing people more to get to work and to take their kids to hockey and soccer practice.

We, the Conservative Official Opposition, have been listening to Canadians and their concerns about Trudeau’s carbon tax scheme and recognize you can’t tax your way to a cleaner environment. The very first act of a Conservative government, led by Andrew Scheer, will be to eliminate the Trudeau carbon tax and give families relief. This is the kind of leadership Canadians expect and deserve. For now, we will continue to fight for lower taxes for Canadian families and will continue to call on the Liberals to end their carbon tax cover-up.