All three Ontario PC leadership candidates have now expressed opposition to the unpopular and economically damaging tax.
Caroline Mulroney has released a statement announcing her opposition to a carbon tax, after Doug Ford and Christine Elliott previously announced that they opposed the tax.
Here’s Mulroney’s statement:
“I’m a conservative and I’m not in favour of a new tax, especially Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax.
“I said that I would consult and listen to our members on this important issue.
“I have now had the opportunity to speak with hundreds of members of our party, I’ve consulted with members of our caucus and our nominated candidates.
“Its clear to me that members of the Ontario PC Party feel that imposing a carbon tax on the hardworking people of Ontario is not something they support.
“In Kathleen’s Wynne’s Ontario life is unaffordable and the last thing we should consider is a new tax.
“As the leader of our party I will not support a carbon tax.
“As premier of Ontario I am going to explore options to oppose it.”
With all three Ontario PC leadership candidates on the record against the tax, voters could have a much clearer choice in the upcoming campaign between the PCs and Liberals, though some candidates are questioning how committed some are to removing the tax.
Here’s what Doug Ford tweeted after Mulroney’s statement:
The @OntarioPCParty needs a decisive leader that will take firm positions. I am the only candidate who has been unequivocal in opposition to the carbon tax and and have been clear since day one. I will axe the Carbon Tax…. Just watch me. #PCPO #onpoli
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) February 8, 2018
If the PCs achieve victory and keep their promise to fight the carbon tax, it would bring Ontario alongside Alberta and Saskatchewan in opposition to Trudeau’s tax, setting up a big showdown between the provinces and the dictatorial Trudeau government.
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