The Conservatives have a secret plan to impose a carbon tax.
- The Conservatives 2008 platform contained the following:
“Developing a Cap and Trade System to Cut Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Emissions: ... We will work with the provinces and territories and our NAFTA trading partners in the United States and Mexico, at both the national and state levels, to develop and implement a North America-wide cap and trade system for greenhouse gases and air pollution, with implementation to occur between 2012 and 2015.” (p. 32)
- In 2009 when Jim Prentice met with the Premier of Alberta and the Minister of the Environment, his briefing notes show he pressed the Alberta government, saying:
“We believe that a carefully designed cap-and-trade system will send the appropriate price signals to encourage changes and ultimately help reduce emissions” (Canadian Press, August 15, 2011)
- In 2011, after a new Cabinet was sworn in, Environment Minister Peter Kent said about Cap-and-trade:
“It can always be something to consider in the future” (Toronto Star, May 19, 2011)
According to the Conservatives own twisted logic, Conservatives planned to impose a carbon tax between 2012 and 2015, and are still actively considering a carbon tax in the future.
The well documented reality is, the NDP has opposed a carbon tax in the past and continues to do so now.