Premier Doug Ford visited Sault Ste. Marie Tuesday to announce upcoming funding in protection of Steel Workers, but steel wasn’t the only topic of discussion at the media conference at Algoma Steel this morning.
With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiling the details of the carbon tax rebates in Ford’s home city of Toronto this morning, in an effort to sell Canadians on the need to pay for pollution, carbon taxes were on the Premier’s mind.
The federal government has stated that putting a price tag on pollution operates as an incentive for people and businesses to find ways to reduce their emissions. They have said that 90 per cent of the money collected from a carbon price will be returned to Canadians, with the remaining 10 per cent handed out to small and medium-sized businesses and other organizations.
Ford sees this as a detriment to Ontario’s businesses, describing it as a job-killing, family-hurting tax. “It (the carbon tax) does nothing for the environment,” Ford stated, “It is another Trudeau-Liberal tax grab.”
He also described a wave across the country, whereby he states a distaste for the tax has been expressed.