Denley: Ontarians' reaction to competing climate change plans may decide the next federal election

By Randall Denley, Ottawa Citizen, December 27, 2018

Ontarians have a big environmental and political decision to make in 2019. It is one that will go a long way toward determining the outcome of the fall federal election.

They have been offered two competing approaches to combat climate change. The provincial government’s plan will regulate emissions and offer incentives to reduce them. Expect a remarkably similar approach from the federal Conservatives. The Trudeau government, however, insists a carbon tax is essential.

So far, this has largely played out as a battle between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Doug Ford, but Trudeau is the guy with all the political jeopardy. If Trudeau imposes his carbon tax it will let Ford rail against the Liberals for as long as they are in power. If Trudeau can’t persuade Ontarians that a carbon tax is reasonable, he is going to lose a lot of seats in the province and possibly the election.

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