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Conservative leadership: Aitchison would scrap carbon tax


Scott, candidate for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada Aitchison says that while a price on carbon might be the “most effective” policy to reduce emissions, he would abandon it anyway.

In a CTV Question Period interview that aired on Sunday, the Ontario MP said that while he won’t introduce tax policy as leader, he will come up with a climate plan.

“We have to reduce emissions, there’s no doubt about it, but we really have to help Canadians reduce their footprint. I recognize that you know that a carbon tax is perhaps the most effective and efficient way to do it, but it is not the fairest way to do it,” he said. declared.

“We need to work with municipalities and we need to help Canadians reduce their footprint, not punish them.

Aitchison had publicly backed elements of former leader Erin O’Toole’s climate change plan, which included a carbon pricing system.

Under the O’Toole plan, Canadians would see funds accrued from fuel consumption stored in an account that could later be used for green purchases like a bike or a public transit pass. O’Toole insisted it was not a tax.

In a Huntsville Doppler op-ed published last spring, Aitchison said he had “hoped” the party could eliminate consumer pricing and acknowledges that the proposed system “will be more complex than a system of taxes and rebates. but he agreed that if carbon pricing is to be part of the solution, “it should help Canadians, not punish them.”

Aitchison is working to present himself to Tory MPs as one of the lesser-known candidates in the party’s leadership race.

Prior to entering federal politics in the 2019 election, Aitchison served as mayor of Huntsville and touts that experience when asked what he brings to the table.

“Mayors are in the business of solving problems and getting things done. I come to this opportunity in my career in Ottawa with none of the Ottawa baggage, but years of experience getting things done,” he said.

He’s not the only candidate with a background in local politics, Patrick Brown is currently Mayor of Brampton, but has also served in the House of Commons and the Ontario Legislative Assembly.

Aitchison released its housing policy on Tuesday which focuses on increasing supply to deal with the housing crisis. Specifically, he promises to end exclusionary zoning in major cities and will work with cities to “establish clear rules” for new construction projects. He also pledged to invest in affordable and social housing and to fight money laundering.

Expanding on his case for ending exclusionary zoning during CTV’s Question Period, he said the federal government can tie the billions of dollars sent to municipalities each year for infrastructure to that goal.

Aitchison refuted the claim that the proposal looks more like a liberal solution – financing with conditions – than a conservative solution.

“The Liberal solution is to announce billions of dollars and never accomplish anything. The conservative part of this plan is doing something. I think Canadians are actually not interested in ideological entrenchment, they are actually interested in solutions,” he said.

“If we can tie that money to getting things done…we can actually get units built and that’s the problem.”



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