Doug Ford's $30 million carbon tax fight is money down the drain but it keeps his brand afloat - 2019-07-03
All of us are being bled by $30 million to satisfy his vanity. That's how much his provincial government (ours, actually) has budgeted from its treasury (using our tax dollars) to fight a carbon law enacted by the Trudeau government.
Second, his Progressive Conservatives are also bankrolling big legal bills to overturn the federal carbon law in the country's court rooms. Last week, Ontario's Court of Appeal judges delivered a devastating verdict against Ford; last May, Saskatchewan's top court reconfirmed Ottawa's authority; yet the premier is appealing all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada, where almost every legal expert has predicted from the outset the constitutionality of carbon pricing will be upheld.
First, his Ontario Tories are spending heavily on an advertising campaign designed to persuade the court of public opinion to oppose a carbon tax. If it's so self-evidently unpopular, why are we citizens paying to persuade ourselves? And why must gas stations affix Ford's anti-tax stickers on their gas pumps or face a $10,000 fine if they're out of line?