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Conservatives debate carbon tax, drug policy in Vancouver

Several prominent candidates absent from Sunday’s debate, including reality TV star Kevin O’Leary and Kellie Leitch


 

VANCOUVER – Conservative party leadership hopefuls sparred in Vancouver Sunday about whether they would scrap the carbon tax, an environmental policy first introduced in British Columbia and proposed by the current Canadian government.

Nine of the 14 candidates vying to lead the country’s official Opposition faced off on Sunday in front of several hundred members of the public.

Michael Chong says Canada’s decision to introduce a national carbon tax, a policy that was first introduced in British Columbia, is a good idea and would allow for a multibillion-dollar cut to income taxes.

Several prominent candidates were absent from Sunday’s debate, including reality TV star Kevin O’Leary and Kellie Leitch, whose controversial proposal to screen new immigrants for “Canadian values” has prompted criticism.

There are two remaining official leadership debates scheduled in the lead-up to May 27, when Conservatives will elect a new party leader.


 

Conservatives debate carbon tax, drug policy in Vancouver

  1. Michael Chong is mistaken about carbon tax. I paid over $2000 in carbon taxes in B.C. in the past eight years and doubt I received much of it back simply because: 1. There are no cheques mailed out to those who paid it. 2. Some people such as myself, living on a pension, paid far more carbon taxes than others because I heated my home with natural gas. There is no carbon tax on wood stoves or electric heating systems. And those living in apartments and riding public transit pay very little. So any general tax reduction the government made were spread across the province unevenly. Many who paid almost no carbon taxes received a tax reduction at the expense of those who paid a lot of carbon taxes. 3. The carbon tax does practically nothing for the environment. 4. The rest of the world pays no carbon taxes. I don’t understand Chong’s reasoning.

  2. While the country tries to move ahead, the conservatives are stuck in park. The cons will never be elected pandering to the right, they need to spread their wings, and move to the center, but will never make it bickering over progressive ideas. Looking for wedges to drive fear in the hearts of Canadians.