The election of Doug Ford as the next Premier of Ontario is giving hope to Canadian conservatives.
Ford’s Progressive Conservative Party won a majority election, taking 76 out of 124 seats, paving the way for the party to form Ontario’s next government and making Ford, currently the Premier-Designate, the 26th Premier of Ontario.
During the election campaign, Ford made several proclamations, including noting his strong intentions to fight the federal government’s carbon tax policy.
On Friday morning, a statement was released on the Ontario government website, stating the first act of Ford’s cabinet will be to scrap Ontario’s cap and trade system and challenge the authority of the Trudeau Liberal government to impose a federal carbon tax, a move praised by several prominent Conservative figures.
Thrilled to see @fordnation officially begin the fight against Trudeau’s unfair carbon tax. Canada’s Conservatives are with you, Premier Ford! We will keep fighting in Ottawa to stand up for all Canadians against this Liberal tax hike.
— Andrew Scheer (@AndrewScheer) June 15, 2018
Nice podium sign at Ontario Premier-designate @fordnation's first announcement: scrapping the carbon tax.
Saskatchewan is pleased to have another provincial ally in fighting this punitive, ineffective tax on our people. pic.twitter.com/rFdlIbY49k
— Scott Moe (@PremierScottMoe) June 15, 2018
That’s something Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe is more than on board with.
“This attempted imposition of this flawed carbon tax, this flawed policy, isn’t imposed on people of the province of Saskatchewan,” said Moe. “And I think Mr. Ford has indicated he’s of like mind on that.”
Moe and the Sask. Party government have been staunch opponents of the carbon tax policy, dating to back to Brad Wall’s time as Premier.
The matter, said the Premier, is one he looks forward to meeting with Ford on.
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“We do align with Premier-Elect Ford with his position on this topic and I look forward to discussions and bringing him up to speed with precisely where we’re at on what we consider to be a flawed policy.”
Moe said he does intend to have other substantive discussions with the new Ford-led government on more than just carbon taxation matters.
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“I look forward to some other discussions as well with Premier-elect Ford in the days ahead around the opportunities that we may have to align on some conversations that we may have with respect to equalization payments.”
(with files from Ryan McNally and David Boles)