Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has flip-flopped at least twice over the past two months about whether or not the Trudeau Liberals are willing to campaign on making life more expensive for all Canadians by raising the carbon tax if they are re-elected again this fall.
It’s very confusing, but thankfully, the Toronto Sun’s Lorrie Goldstein was able to make sense of it all:
He writes that at the end of August,
“McKenna told the Globe and Mail the Trudeau government, if it wins re-election, might hike Trudeau’s carbon tax above $50 per tonne after 2022.
And that was a flip-flop from the Trudeau government’s position prior to June, which was that it would examine whether to hike the carbon tax higher than $50 per tonne after 2022, if it was re-elected in October.”
Still confused? Well it gets worse.
CTV News reported that McKenna has flip flopped one more time, after the Conservative PM Pierre Pollievre accused her of accidentally telling the truth about her plans for the carbon tax, post election:
“McKenna dismissed claims by Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre that the government would stretch its promised $50 per tonne price cap by 2022, if re-elected this fall.
“Our position has not changed,” she said, speaking to reporters at a green jobs announcement on Monday. “Mr. Pierre Poilievre does press conferences all the time, most of the time misleading Canadians.”
But who is really misleading the Canadian public here, McKenna or Pollievre?
When Catherine McKenna met with a group of Silicon Valley elites, Democrat lawmakers, and an anti-oil billionaire named Tom Steyer as part of her three-day junket to the San Francisco area in 2017, McKenna was spinning a much different yarn than she is now.
She confirmed to the audience of social media giants, progressive politicians and foreign lobbyists that her carbon tax would go up in 2022.
The Rebel obtained the exclusive Access To Information documents from that trip, including briefing notes notes prepared for the minister to wow her anti-oil pals.
On page 151 of the 200 plus page document package, McKenna confirms her plans to raise carbon tax after 2022, just like her Conservative critics are saying they will.
“The overall approach will be reviewed in 2022 to ensure that it is effective and to confirm future price increases”
Confirm future price increase. Not contemplate. Not assess. Confirm.
The hike in the carbon tax if the Liberals are reelected is a sure thing. It’s confirmed.
It’s there in black and white. McKenna was telling foreign billionaires and American activists one thing while she is telling the Canadian public another. You just can’t trust a single word she says.
McKenna’s intentions were, and remain, to raise the Liberals tax on everything.