Ontario PC leadership rivals scrap carbon tax from platform

By Mike Crawley, CBC News Ottawa, February 7, 2018

All three candidates vying to replace Patrick Brown as Ontario Progressive Conservative leader are coming out against the carbon tax in their party's platform, leaving a $4-billion hole in their fiscal plan.

Caroline Mulroney announced she "will not support" the carbon tax Thursday morning, only three days after repeatedly defending it as a necessary evil. Christine Elliott also came out against the carbon tax Thursday, declaring that an online survey found 92 per cent opposition. Doug Ford was against it from the launch of his leadership campaign.

Brown put a carbon tax in the party platform, unveiled little more than two months ago. It is similar to the system in place in British Columbia. It would replace the cap-and-trade program introduced by Premier Kathleen Wynne's Liberal government, which requires industry to buy permits for greenhouse gas emissions.


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