Ontario Premier Doug Ford speaks to media in Bracebridge, Ont., on May 3, 2019.
SHAWN MCCARTHY GLOBAL ENERGY REPORTER
PUBLISHED MAY 13, 2019
UPDATED MAY 13, 2019
FRED THORNHILL/THE CANADIAN PRESS
Nearly two-thirds of Canadians oppose provincial governments spending taxpayers’ dollars to battle the federal carbon tax, says a new poll released Monday as the Ontario government launched a new television ad slamming the levy.
About 64 per cent of respondents said it is unacceptable for provinces to opt out of the federal effort to combat climate change, including the carbon tax, according to a survey done by Nanos Research for The Globe and Mail. As well, 64 per cent of respondents said they oppose provincial governments spending public money to fight the tax.
Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick are pursuing legal challenges to the levy, which the Liberal government imposed in those provinces that do not have a carbon pricing system of their own, as part of Ottawa’s overall effort to meet its international commitment to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.
The Liberals Carbon levy, which experts are saying is too low to be effective, returns the money to Canadians in rebates instead of more efficient income taxes cuts, and was added on to other environmental charges instead of replacing them, which is the way it should have been done.