Families feeling pain, MP Viersen tells Grits

Chris Clegg
South Peace News

High Prairie’s local voice in Parliament has stood up in Ottawa opposing the proposed federal carbon tax.

Peace River – Westlock MP Arnold Viersen questioned the ruling Liberal government June 8 and called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to abandon his plan to implement the carbon tax, reads a news release from Viersen.

In a transcript, Viersen referred to the Ontario election which saw the ruling Liberals virtually wiped out.

“Yesterday, the voters of Ontario sent a clear message to this prime minister: they do not want his carbon tax.

“Last year, Saskatchewan rejected the Liberal carbon tax, and next year, when Alberta elects Jason Kenney as premier, Albertans will reject this terrible tax,” Viersen predicted.

If elected, Kenney has promised to repeal the tax.

Viersen added Trudeau has to stop forcing his carbon tax on Canadian families.

In Parliament, Jonathan Wilkinson, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, responded.

“The Conservative Party likes to repeat the question over and over again, and I will repeat a similar answer, which is that a thoughtful approach to addressing climate change includes measures that are regulatory measures, it includes making significant investments, and it includes putting a price on pollution to [encourage] efficiency, to grow the economy, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“We have a comprehensive plan,” he added. “Canadians want us to address climate change in a thoughtful way. They want us to ensure we are protecting the future for our children and our grandchildren. That is exactly what we are going to do.”

Wilkinson concluded by asking Viersen what his leader’s plans were to address climate change.

Viersen responded with an answer in his news release but instead centred on economics.

“This government just does not get it,” says Viersen. “In Alberta, families, small businesses, and communities are already reeling from a carbon tax. Canadians do not need another tax forced on them.”


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