Nova Scotia PC Leader, Jaimie Baillie, joins Federal and Atlantic Canadian Official Opposition Leaders to Oppose Trudeau’s Carbon Tax
On February 8, 2017, Interim Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Rona Ambrose, along with the leaders of the four Atlantic PC parties: Jamie Baillie of Nova Scotia; Blaine Higgs of New Brunswick; Paul Davis of Newfoundland and Labrador; and interim Leader Jamie Fox of Prince Edward Island, issued a joint statement criticizing the Trudeau government on imposing carbon taxes on the provinces.
In the joint statement, the PC Party leaders advocate that: “Not only will [a Trudeau carbon tax] increase the price of food, transportation, and fuel, but it will also make virtually everything more expensive. Atlantic Canadians can’t afford the increase nor should they have to accept it.”
Jamie Baillie has been consistent on the issue even before the statement. He rightly pointed out that costs on home heating will go up almost nine cents and gasoline by seven cents a litre.
On January 4, 2017 Baillie elaborated on his opposition to Nova Scotia Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil's "cap and trade" carbon tax plan: "Even families with two jobs struggle too many times to pay the bills at the end of the month. So the last thing we need is to impose new ways of increasing the cost of everyday items like how you heat your home or how you drive to work. When you put a new tax on our essentials all you do is increase the cost of living and you don't even help the environment. And that is the problem I have with this "cap and trade" scheme of Mr.McNeil's."