The Conservatives on cap-and-trade: yes, no and maybe - Macleans.ca

The Conservatives on cap-and-trade: yes, no and maybe

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Before throwing the Foreign Affairs Minister under the bus yesterday afternoon, Peter Kent actually concurred with Mr. Baird on one count.

At the same time, the Minister of Foreign Affairs was quite right in saying that this government does not support a carbon tax and this government, unlike all of the parties over there, will not impose a carbon tax on hard-working Canadians.

During the last campaign, both the Liberals and New Democrats supported cap-and-trade. And while the Conservatives once vowed to pursue a continental cap-and-trade regime, last April it became their contention that cap-and-trade is the same thing as a carbon tax.

Nonetheless, last May, Mr. Kent ventured that a continental cap-and-trade system “can always be something to consider in the future.”