In a promise made to the Canadian Taxpayers Association, Erin O’Toole was pictured alongside promises made to the Canadian public. 

“If elected Prime Minister of Canada, I will: 

  • Immediately repeal the Trudeau carbon tax; and, 
  • Reject any future national carbon tax scheme.” 

Fast forward to April 15, and Conservative leader Erin O’Toole has released a new climate change plan. The new plan revolves around slapping a price on carbon emitted by consumers, similar to that of Trudeau’s Liberal Party carbon tax. 

The main points of his climate plan include: 

  • A levy on fuel for savings accounts only to be used on environmentally friendly purchases. 
  • Implement more zero-emissions cars in Canada 
  • Meet Paris 2030 climate targets 
  • Stand up to high emission nations 

After decisively voting against climate change being a major issue at the Conservative National Convention, conservatives across Canada felt puzzled and betrayed after the sudden change of heart by O’Toole. Spencer Fernando from the Western Standard wrote, 

“Why would Canadians trust O’Toole on anything else he says when he was willing to lie to Canadian Conservatives – his party – over and over again?” 

Furthermore, a Canadian conservative MP came out anonymously to Canadian media saying “There’s a massive integrity issue, because members were sent out to say that we oppose the carbon tax, and that the Toronto Star was wrong in even suggesting that we would support a carbon tax…” 

With a continued commitment to the Paris Agreement climate targets, Canadians and their industries continue to be undermined. Simply put, with yet another broken promise in the form of a reworded carbon tax, Erin O’Toole continues to disappoint the base of Canadian conservatives. 

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