“Prime Minister Trudeau: Keep your word.” That was the ultimatum Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall gave Trudeau this week after the Prime Minister’s announcement that he’d move forward with a national carbon price if the provinces didn’t take action themselves before 2018.
The negative economic impact of carbon pricing is well known—as is the fact that they don’t generally lead to anything but increased government revenue. But more importantly, Wall noted, the plan is a rejection of a past Trudeau promise.
Wall posted on his Facebook page a clip from the Globe and Mail debate during last year’s federal election campaign in which Trudeau called a top-down carbon pricing plan “nonsensical.”
He also wrote that the meeting of environment ministers earlier in the week was “not worth the CO2 emissions it took for environment ministers to get there,” following Trudeau’s threat in the House of Commons that the tax would be imposed unilaterally.
Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil has also come out against Trudeau’s plans, saying that his province “will not be implementing a carbon tax.”
Trudeau has gotten cocky thinking that every premier in the country has as little respect for taxpayers as Cap-and-Trade Kathleen Wynne does in Ontario. Not so, Wall and McNeil showed us.
Provinces have premiers to make decisions that have a direct impact on the province—Trudeau needs to respect that, and, at the very least, listen to his own counsel from a year ago.