Doug Ford will axe the tax - except his own stealth carbon tax - 2019-03-27
That's the day the Progressive Conservatives are shuttering the office of Ontario's environmental commissioner, ending a quarter-century of independent oversight. Because if you don't like people speaking truth to power, you power them down.
Now, Justin Trudeau's Liberals, after giving Ford ample time to comply, have invoked their federal backstop against provincial backsliders, free-riders, outliers, deniers and non-compliers. Over the past year, our premier has raged against carbon pricing, falsely claiming it would trigger a so-called "carbon tax recession."
Ford never backs down from a fight, even if it means paying more than $30 million in legal bills out of the pockets of Ontario taxpayers to fight the federal government that also represents them. By withdrawing the province from its partnership in a proven cap and trade system — pioneered by Republicans in California and propounded by a right-leaning premier in Quebec — Ford forced Ottawa to act to pick up the slack.