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Conservatives threaten non-confidence motion over carbon tax

By Brad Perry Mar 20, 2024 | 12:31 PM

The federal Conservatives are threatening a non-confidence motion over the upcoming carbon tax increase.

Leader Pierre Poilievre said Wednesday that his party would call a vote of non-confidence if the Liberals do not stop the hike on April 1.

“If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau does not declare an end to his tax hike today, Conservatives will call a vote of non-confidence in his Liberal Government so Canadians can vote in a Carbon Tax Election,” Poilievre said in a news release.

The carbon tax, which is aimed at discouraging the use of fossil fuels, will rise to $80 per tonne as of April 1.

That means the carbon tax will be 17 cents per litre on gasoline, an increase of more than three cents.

Poilievre said the hike, which will amount to a 23 per cent increase, will make everything more expensive at the worst possible time.

“Trudeau just doesn’t understand that if you tax the farmer who makes the food, and the trucker who ships the food, you end up taxing everyone who buys the food,” he said.

If a non-confidence motion is introduced in the House of Commons, it is unlikely that it will pass.

The Liberals and NDP have a supply-and-confidence agreement in place meant to keep the Trudeau government in power until the 2025 election.