From the Conservative MP’s statement to the House on Monday.
Mr. Speaker, when the Liberal party asked Canadians for a mandate to implement a job-killing carbon tax, they flatly rejected it. No matter to the NDP leader; he is ignoring Canadians’ position and is peddling a similar, more expensive carbon tax.
The Liberal party’s 2008 platform included a carbon tax. In that election, the Liberals won 30.2% of the popular vote.
At the same time, 55.8% of Canadians—the combined popular vote for the Conservatives and NDP in 2008—voted for platforms that included cap-and-trade. And what the NDP is proposing now is cap-and-trade.
Mr. Rickford was first elected as a Conservative in 2008, so presumably he is familiar with the platform the party put forward that year and what the Harper government then said and did about pursuing cap-and-trade through 2009.