Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown recently made the comment that his party will be proposing a “sensible” carbon emissions pricing plan — one that will be “revenue neutral” for the government — at the annual party meeting in Ontario.
The comment was intended to create a distinction between the yet-to-be-revealed PC party plan and Premier Kathleen Wynne’s cap and trade plan — which will increase average household heating gas bills by ~$5/month, and increase gasoline prices by around 4.3¢/liter, reportedly.
“Sensible carbon pricing doesn’t have to be a contribution in terms. But it cannot be a cash grab,” was the way that Brown put it. Earlier when referencing climate change, Brown noted: “We have to do something about it.”
Brown later commented to reporters that when he had earlier briefed his MPPs about the stance that he got “practically universal” support for it.
The Star provides more:
Although Brown did not detail how his plan would work as the party begins deliberations on an election platform for 2018 and freshens its face with a new logo, he promised a carbon tax that is “revenue neutral” to the government and will come with “corresponding tax cuts for individuals and businesses.”
Promoting himself as a “pragmatic” Progressive Conservative, Brown said the Liberals, who have trounced his party in four elections since 2003, are not expecting a more nimble and canny rival than in years past, when Tory campaigns were scuppered by ideas that flopped.
“There is one thing that Kathleen Wynne fears more than anything else: a Progressive Conservative Party that has the courage to change,” he commented at the meeting.
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