June 13, 2018
Remember the days when the "experts" claimed that the Ontario PC Party COULD NOT win an election if they were opposed to carbon taxes? Let's recap, shall we?
Back in March, during the Ontario PC leadership race that saw all four candidates pledge their opposition to carbon taxes, Patrick Brown fan and carbon tax advocate, Mark Cameron, wrote a column entitled "Opposing A Carbon Tax Is Ontario Tories' Fastest Route To Another Defeat."
In his column, Cameron concluded that if the Ontario PC Party wanted to "avoid a repeat of past election failures" and "win over those voters" who would consider voting PC, they HAD to support carbon taxes.
And who can forget Kelly McParland of the National Post?
Back in October, just two weeks after I had my PC membership revoked and was denied entry into Patrick Brown's pro-carbon tax rally, McParland wrote a column entitled "Patrick Brown's victory plan? Stop his own party from screwing up again" where he referred to carbon tax opponents in the PC Party as "dunderheads" who "want just one more internal act of suicide before retiring from the ring."
Last Thursday, these attempts by the "experts" trying to characterize opposition to carbon taxes as a political albatross, came crashing down.
Previously predicted doomsday scenarios failed to unfold.
Instead, the Ontario PC Party led by Doug Ford, won a thunderous 76 seat majority.
Of all of the challenges that the PC campaign endured, none of them had anything to do with Ford's promise to "Axe the Carbon Tax." In fact, the evidence suggests that Ford's opposition to carbon taxes helped to counter the challenges to his campaign. An IPSOS poll released in May revealed that 72 percent of Ontarians thought carbon taxes were just a tax grab, while 68 per cent dismissed them as a purely symbolic gesture.
One of these campaign challenges came from the "ghost of Patrick Brown," as characterized by PC campaign manager Kory Tenyecke.
But it wasn't just Patrick Brown's "ghost" that tried to sabotage the PC campaign.
The self-proclaimed "expert" on "winning", Patrick Brown himself, in the flesh, emerged multiple times in the middle of the election campaign in order to defend his corrupt legacy, promote his pro-carbon tax election platform "the People's Guarantee", criticize PC leader Doug Ford, and try to sabotage the PC Party's chances of winning.
To counter these and other challenges, Ford stayed with his core commitment to "Axe the Carbon Tax" - the same promise he kicked off his PC leadership bid with.
By now, it's possible that Premier-Elect Doug Ford is being surrounded by more "ghosts" of Patrick Brown's carbon tax plan.
It hasn't taken long for carbon tax advocates to start writing all about the "perils" of Ford's plan to scrap Kathleen Wynne's "cap-and-trade" carbon tax and fight Justin Trudeau's "direct" carbon tax.
Luckily for taxpayers in Ontario and across Canada, in his first news conference as Premier-Elect, Ford vowed that he would continue "respecting taxpayers" and that his government would "keep our promises." Click here to watch the news conference.
And today, Ford's spokesman Jeff Silverstein reiterated that sentiment, saying “Doug Ford is committed to stopping Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax and pulling Ontario out of the disastrous cap-and-trade scheme. Doug Ford campaigned on this promise and he will deliver for the people of Ontario.”
Alberta's United Conservative Party leader, Jason Kenney, is already counting on Ford's support in his fight against Justin Trudeau's carbon tax. Click here to watch Kenney's new "Axe-like" video that calls Ford an "ally against the carbon tax."
Ford has vowed to act quickly in his transition into government - aiming to do so in less than 21 days.
For Ontario taxpayers and the more than 2.3 million Ontario voters who gave Ford a mandate to "Axe the Carbon Tax" - the most votes cast for any political party in Ontario's electoral history - that's a good thing.