‘I think the prime minister is confused’

Megan Leslie on what happened in QP

Speaking to reporters this afternoon, Megan Leslie explains her take on what had just happened in QP.

It wasn’t my intention to get a response from the prime minister. It was my intention to get a response from anyone over on the Conservative side to explain this discrepancy that they have, where they say a price on carbon is a carbon tax, we used to have it in our platform, now we don’t. I mean I think this is an ethical question. My last question actually was to the chair of the ethics committee to say is this on the agenda at committee? It should be in my opinion. Day after day after day, we see Conservatives stand up, They use their statements for the purpose of making up stuff about carbon tax. They use their own personal questions for this cause as well and I think Canadians are sick of it. I think it’s undermining what we’re trying to do in this parliamentary democracy where we debate actual issues and it’s not being honest. It’s not being truthful about the price on carbon. There are lots of ways to tackle the issue of climate change. A price on carbon is one of them, so let’s have a debate about it. Let’s be open and honest about what a price a carbon is, a carbon tax, cap and trade but they refuse to do that. It’s just about creating fear, pitting people against each other, divisive politics, the whole school of divisive politics and I don’t think it’s appropriate…

I think at this point, you know, we’ve stood up, we’ve used our statements in the House to say enough with this. Conservatives, you have this opportunity to talk about your ridings, to talk about ideas, to talk about policy and you’re refusing to do that, you’re just playing games. So we’ve been trying to think of strategic ways to get that message across. We’ve used our statements for it, which you’ve heard. So today we thought, you know what, let’s – let’s just get this out in the open, let’s actually just tackle the issue head on and ask the Conservatives about it and the response you got was very confusing. I think the prime minister is confused. I don’t know if he’s confused about his position now or if he’s confused about his position in the past, it didn’t clear up very much, but I do think it is an ethical issue and I do think it is an environmental issue that we need to talk about.




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‘I think the prime minister is confused’

  1. Ms Leslie is confused. Mr Harper is a liar plain and simple

  2. Ms.Leslie is confused: the average voter doesn’t care about either carbon taxes or cap-and-trade foolishness. The Harper government is completely in touch with the average voter on this issue.

    • If the average voter doesn’t care, then clearly Harper & Co. are NOT in touch, or they wouldn’t be wasting so much time, oxygen and taxpayer money on this daily farce.

    • And you, are a terrible liar to say that.

  3. Francien Verhoeven — I think you are missing Megan Leslie’s points. Regardless of whether or not the “average voter” cares about carbon tax vs. cap-and-trade, don’t you think the average voter should care about the government repeatedly lying and mischaracterizing both the official opposition’s position and their own position from 2008? Don’t you think the average voter wants an HONEST government, not one that lies and spins all the time? Furthermore, the average voter SHOULD care about pricing carbon because, like it or not, climate change is happening and it is human-induced as a result of our carbon-based emissions. If you have children or grandchildren, then you should care about whether they will live in a world where they can prosper versus struggle.

  4. “It wasn’t my intention to get a response from the prime minister. It
    was my intention to get a response from anyone over on the Conservative
    side to explain this discrepancy that they have, where they say a price
    on carbon is a carbon tax”

    That is untrue. I drink carbonated beverages and I don’t have to pay a carbon tax for that.

    Ms. Leslie, thanks for the truth.

    Harper, the carbon tax is a good thing and you’re wrong about the definition of it and don’t actually know that it’s true.

    Start telling the truth in parliament, not lying.

    • no politician will tell the truth, if they did they would be out of a job and that goes for Lib, NDP, CPC or any other. As for carbon tax, lets be serious and let the opposition be truthful. any carbon tax, cap and trade is a tax on the citizens of this country. who do you think will get the bill in the end, us; either on our hydro bill, or at the gas station, and they will just roll it into general ledger and spend at will. why is everyone in a hurry for this. instead, lets make the oil/hydro/coal and every other extraction company put funds into a blind trust that cleans things up during and after extraction. enough with hitting the tax payer…

      • [Sounds like a three-year-old] Bu-but Megan Leslie told the truth! [throws tantrum].

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