Doug Ford Responds to Our Questionnaire

Doug Ford Responds to Our Questionnaire

Doug Ford Responds to "The Axe the Carbon Tax Questionnaire for 2018 Ontario PC Leadership Candidates"

1.  Do you support the party’s future policy processes being conducted in accordance with the party’s constitution which would include holding a properly constituted “policy conference”?

Doug Ford: Yes, party members and our grassroots must direct our policy process. By not consulting the grassroots we not only risk creating crazy polices like firing 100,000 people or implementing a carbon tax, but we risk losing activists if they have no stake in our party. 

2.  As Ontario PC leader and on behalf of the Official Opposition, will you withdraw Patrick Brown’s letter to Justin Trudeau dated October 13, 2016, which congratulated Trudeau on his plans to usurp provincial jurisdiction and impose a federally mandated “carbon price”? I provide the letter and our analysis.

Doug Ford: Yes, I will absolutely withdraw the letter - just watch me. Justin Trudeau and his reckless carbon tax would do great damage to Ontario. He should not be congratulated for this. 

3.  In the next Canadian federal election campaign, as PC leader and hopefully as Premier, will you publicly support Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer and his promise to repeal any federal “carbon price” that Justin Trudeau may end up imposing?

Doug Ford: I have always been there for the Conservative Party, both federally and provincially. I was proud to stand with Stephen Harper in 2015 and I look forward to standing with Andrew Scheer in 2019 to help deliver a strong Conservative government that will repeal a job killing carbon tax. 

4.  Will you repeal Kathleen Wynne’s “cap-and-trade” carbon tax scheme as soon as you are elected Premier; or only once Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer is elected Canada’s next Prime Minister and repeals any possible federal “carbon price”; or at all?

Doug Ford: Yes, we will stop sending our money to California and put it to work for the people of  Ontario.  My new plan on cap and trade is to put a cap on taxes and for Ontario to trade Kathleen Wynne

5.  Will you consider any other policy options to ensure that a federally imposed “carbon price” will not result in any new or increased taxes? For example: taking the federal government to court; repurposing existing gas and diesel taxes; providing a dollar-for-dollar rebate to taxpayers or those specific industries that incur increased taxation as a result; any other such policy options.

Doug Ford: Firstly, we will take Justin Trudeau to court.  I have spoken to Jason Kenney about coordinating our efforts to fight this job killing tax. If we are unsuccessful, and I expect we will be, we will provide a dollar for dollar rebate to the hard working taxpayers of Ontario.

5.  Will you consider any other policy options to ensure that a federally imposed “carbon price” will not result in any new or increased taxes? For example: taking the federal government to court; repurposing existing gas and diesel taxes; providing a dollar-for-dollar rebate to taxpayers or those specific industries that incur increased taxation as a result; any other such policy options.

Doug Ford: Firstly, we will take Justin Trudeau to court.  I have spoken to Jason Kenney about coordinating our efforts to fight this job killing tax. If we are unsuccessful, and I expect we will be, we will provide a dollar for dollar rebate to the hard working taxpayers of Ontario.

6.  Are there circumstances that could change in the future (i.e. Ontario taxpayer affordability improving, the economy improving, etc.) whereby you would consider introducing a "carbon price"?

Doug Ford: Although it seemed like Christine followed my lead in opposing a carbon tax, she has now said she is open to bringing one in. My position will not change. I said no to a carbon tax yesterday. I'm saying no today, and I will say no tomorrow. The PC Party cannot have a liberal lite leader who will support reckless policies and who is open to bringing in a carbon tax. A leader cannot have two opposing positions on any issue, especially one of such great importance to the people of Ontario. Ontarians and PC Party members deserve a straight answer.