Statement from the official opposition on Stephen Harper's carbon tax

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 18, 2014

 

STATEMENT FROM THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION ON STEPHEN HARPER’S CARBON TAX

Official Opposition Environment Critic, Megan Leslie (Halifax), made the following statement on Stephen Harper’s carbon tax: 

In a recent year-end interview, the Prime Minister surprised many by praising Alberta’s price on carbon and suggesting that it was a model to build on. Although New Democrats welcome this sudden change of heart from the Prime Minister, we know better than to get our hopes up. 

The Conservatives’ abysmal environmental record is littered with contradictory rhetoric. 

The Prime Minister and his minions have spent years demonizing the NDP for wanting to put a price on carbon and make polluters pay. They sent out fundraising letters to their members erroneously claiming we wanted to kill jobs and bring the entire Canadian economy to a standstill.

Stephen Harper also spent years promising regulations for the oil and gas sector, only to tell me two weeks ago in the House of Commons that it would be “crazy” to do so. 

Canadians don’t want to wait any longer. Quite frankly, we can’t wait any longer. We need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to fight against climate change, and in order to do that we must put a price on carbon. But this will never happen under a Conservative government.

Canadians deserve better than broken promises and flip-flops. They deserve a government committed to building an economy for the future, which means ensuring a sustainable environment.

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