Coyne: A carbon tax is coming, no matter what Ontario PC candidates say

By Andrew Coyne, Ottawa Citizen, February 12, 2018

Here’s a sampling of headlines from the early days of the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race.

“Carbon tax in crosshairs of Ontario PC leadership contenders.” “Platform in limbo as candidates rethink carbon tax.” “Scrapping carbon tax would blow $4 billion hole in Ontario PC budget.” “By ditching carbon-tax plans, Ontario’s Tories become the Stupid Party again.”

You get the picture. The platform on which the party had previously intended to campaign, in those long-ago days when Patrick Brown was the leader, committed it to a carbon tax. The revenues from the tax, projected at $4 billon over three years, were to fund, in part, the platform’s hefty personal income tax cuts (the rest would be paid for with unspecified spending efficiencies.)

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