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Conservatives make carbon tax a 'scapegoat,' says Trudeau

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

The Canadian Press

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The Liberals' flagship climate policy, carbon pricing, is not collapsing, and it's not the main cause of the ;inflation, said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, despite the insistence of the Conservatives.

However, the message from the Conservatives on carbon pricing was effective, admits Mr. Trudeau.

Conservative politicians have succeeded in scapegoating the price of pollution as the reason everything is expensive right now, Mr. Trudeau said in a end of year interview with The Canadian Press.

Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem clarified earlier this year that carbon pricing was responsible for only about a twentieth of inflation this year, while the rate of #inflation hovers around 3%.

In 2022, when inflation was more than twice as high, the impact of this policy would have been about a fiftieth.

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Carbon pricing applies directly to fuel costs, but it can also be incorporated into the cost of goods, such as food, as fuel producers and retailers pass costs along the supply chain.

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre has been holding rallies across Canada for months, arguing that removing carbon pricing would make goods like food affordable again.

However, the reality is that global factors such as supply chains and geopolitical instability have had a greater impact, Trudeau said Monday.

These problems would not go away if a Canadian government removed carbon pricing.

According to Mr. Trudeau, the fact that the Conservatives are trying to say that the only thing that is hurting Canadians right now is the carbon tax does not take us in the direction that everyone wants to go and that the economy must take.

Canada's national carbon tax is approaching its fifth anniversary.

It is more controversial than ever due to the relentless campaign against the project by conservatives.

Also contributing to this situation was the government's own decision to temporarily suppress the price of heating oil, which many saw as a cynical political ploy in response to poll results in the Atlantic provinces, where the largest percentage of households use fuel oil.

Liberals insisted the move was intended to make the policy more effective for fuel oil users and that #x27;it wasn't about politics.

That argument was undermined, however, when Newfoundland and Labrador MP and Minister of Rural Economic Development Gudie Hutchings said the Prairie provinces could be more successful in lobbying their constituents if they elected more liberals.

The decision to create this exemption triggered an avalanche of criticism. The Liberals have been accused of regional favoritism and demands are growing every day for the government to create more exclusions.

A Conservative private member's bill to exempt propane and natural gas used to dry grain from the carbon tax and heating agricultural buildings has made its way to the Senate.

An amended version of the bill, which would only apply to grain drying, could pass the Upper House this week. If the House of Commons approves the changes made in the Senate, the bill will become law. Otherwise, the bill returns to the Senate.

Meanwhile, last week, Ontario Chiefs of Ontario), who represent First Nations in the province, filed an application for judicial review with the Federal Court.

They are asking the court to order the government to negotiate a new plan with Ontario First Nations, arguing that the rebates offered under the from carbon pricing exclude them. To obtain a rebate, you must declare income taxes. People who work on indigenous reserves do not.

On December 10, the new premier of the Northwest Territories, R.J. Simpson, said he wanted his territory to be completely exempt.

Mr. Simpson told CBC News that if high costs really pushed people to find greener options, they would have chosen alternative fuels in his territory years ago. Fuel prices are high and he said alternatives are not easy to access for his residents.

Conservatives, who campaign against carbon pricing for years, jumped on recent developments and added even more tone to their arguments.

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Pierre Poilievre

Mr. Poilievre has held dozens of tax rallies across Canada since the summer and last week attempted to use political blocking tactics to force the 24-hour vote with the aim of to convince the Liberals to give in and end the carbon tax.

They also tabled, without success, a motion calling for the removal of the carbon tax for families, farmers and First Nations.

On Monday, Conservative MP Bob Zimmer called for an emergency debate on the need to completely eliminate the carbon tax. He didn't get it.

Some experts have suggested that carbon pricing policy is collapsing, but Mr. Trudeau has flatly denied this.

It absolutely will not collapse and there will be no more exclusions, he argued Monday.

It opened the door to negotiate something that would better meet the needs of communities living in unique circumstances, but without exempting them from the policy.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">We will continue to work with [the First Nations], we will continue to work with the northern territories where we understand that the framework is different, he said said.

When questioned, he did not provide further details on what that meant.

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