The first phase of the federal Liberal government’s carbon tax on electricity and natural gas pipelines took effect on Tuesday.
And Andrew Scheer wanted to talk about it.
The Member of Parliament from Regina-Qu’Appelle and leader of the Conservative Party of Canada was at a grocery store on the city’s east end, continue to speak out against the carbon tax.
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“The Liberal carbon tax is just about raising revenues for government,” he said. “We know that Canadians will fall further behind because of it and we know it won’t have an impact on emissions because the country’s largest emitters have gotten a special deal.
Opposition to the Trudeau Liberals plan has grown in recent times, with the elections of Conservative governments in Ontario and New Brunswick, who’ve joined Saskatchewan in their opposition to the tax, a sign Scheer finds encouraging.
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“I’m standing here in Regina, in Saskatchewan, the province that initially started this fight against the carbon tax. So, Premier Moe, Premier Wall before him, had a bit of a lonely battle, now they’ve got reinforcements.”
Scheer re-iterated his party’s position that if given the opportunity to form government, they will repeal the carbon tax.