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He asked the Trudeau government to cancel the increase in the carbon tax.

Poilievre supports Higgs in New Brunswick

Pierre Poilievre in Saint-Jean, New Brunswick, Friday.

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Visiting New Brunswick, federal Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre once again campaigned for the abolition of carbon pricing and asked the Trudeau government to cancel the increase planned in two weeks.

On April 1, the carbon tax will increase from 14 to 17 cents per liter.

We are putting the pressure on all Liberal MPs to vote with our motion to stop the increase in the carbon tax, declared Pierre Poilievre on Friday.

The Conservative leader's visit is also to support Premier Blaine Higgs, a few months before a general election in New Brunswick.

Pierre Poilievre said he wanted Blaine Higgs re-elected, out of fear that the election of a Liberal government in New Brunswick would lead to the creation of a form provincial carbon pricing.

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The premiers of the four Atlantic provinces — three of whom are Progressive Conservatives and one of whom is Liberal — have asked Justin Trudeau to cancel or suspend the carbon tax hike on April 1.

The leader of the Liberal opposition in Fredericton, Susan Holt, also agrees. She wrote to Justin Trudeau to ask him not to raise the tax this year.

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A passerby shakes the hand of Pierre Poilievre, Friday in Saint-Jean.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">During a speech at a Saint-Jean gas station, Pierre Poilievre also said that he supported the Energy East pipeline project. This project, which was to transport tar sands oil from Alberta to Saint John, was abandoned by the oil company TransCanada in 2017.

Still on energy issues, New Brunswick wants Ottawa to grant an extension to the Belledune thermal power station, so that it can continue to burn coal after the date when it will no longer have the right to do so. , in 2030. The federal government has already refused to grant such a reprieve.

This is a demand that Pierre Poilievre did not want to support, Friday. One energy must be replaced with another. It takes nuclear energy or natural gas, he said.

In the evening, Pierre Poilievre was the guest of honor at a $600-a-cover dinner from the New Brunswick Progressive Conservative Party. The political party also offered a special reception with Blaine Higgs, at a cost of $200.

Pierre Poilievre plans to end his visit to New Brunswick with a rally Saturday afternoon in Fredericton. He will then head to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

According to reports by Alix Villeneuve and Jacques Poitras< /em> (CBC)

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