Trudeau Liberals rely on separatist Bloc to block home heating break

Liberals turn to separatists to block vote on expanding carbon tax break on home heating.

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Justin Trudeau didn’t even show up in person to vote against the Conservative motion to expand his own Liberal carbon tax break. Pierre Poilievre and his Conservatives had tried to pass a motion that would have extended Trudeau’s carbon tax break for home heating oil to all Canadians, regardless of how they heat their homes.

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In the end, the vote failed 135-186, with the Bloc Quebecois joining the Liberals to deny the tax break for all, while the NDP supported the Conservatives’ effort to try to expand the measure.

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“All of Trudeau’s MPs sold out their constituents and voted to make their home heating more expensive,” Poilievre said to reporters after the vote.

All through Question Period, ahead of the vote, Conservative MPs stood to ask the prime minister if he would allow various MPs in regions outside of Atlantic Canada to vote to give their constituents the tax break. While the Conservatives could be accused of being over the top in how often they asked the question, the Liberals were even more ridiculous in how they answered.

The replies from the Liberals ranged from claiming only they have a plan to deal with climate change to comments about Alberta’s dreams of a provincial pension plan — and even that the Conservatives are a threat to women’s rights. It’s all rather desperate what is coming from the Liberal benches, but not surprising given the last several weeks.

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The Liberals have been falling in the polls for months now and the most recent polls put the party in the mid-20s in terms of national support, with the Conservatives hovering around 40% support.

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It was their failing poll numbers in Atlantic Canada that saw the Liberals bring this measure forward almost two weeks ago. At a hastily called news conference, Trudeau stood before his Atlantic Canadian caucus and announced the pause on the carbon tax on home heating oil.

He claimed at the time that this was a national pause, that it applied to all parts of the country, but the stats tell a different story. In 2019, 49% of PEI homes were heated with oil, 36% in Nova Scotia, 22% in Newfoundland and Labrador and 7% in New Brunswick.

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That compares to 4% in Quebec, 2% in Ontario and 1% in British Columbia — and even less than 1% in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

In every province west of Quebec, natural gas is the most common source of home heating. Now, Trudeau’s 76 Liberal MPs in Ontario, his 15 MPs in British Columbia, four in Manitoba and two in Alberta will need to explain why they voted against giving their constituents the same break they support for Atlantic Canadians.

Those MPs will have to answer for that vote when the time comes. Poilievre said Monday that the vote on his motion sets up the next election, whenever that is, to be a carbon tax election.

“It will be a simple choice between Justin Trudeau’s plan to quadruple the tax on your heat, gas and groceries and my common sense plan to axe the tax and bring home lower prices,” Poilievre said.

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That statement predictably set off the Parliamentary Press Gallery with a frenzy of questions about what Poilievre’s climate plan is. It seems lost on them that despite Trudeau’s carbon tax, despite his other programs and a government obsessed with climate change, Canada hasn’t met a single target under his watch.

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Now we have the PM removing a part of his signature climate plan for political reasons and claiming it makes things better.

“We now know by Justin Trudeau’s own admission that the carbon tax is not a climate plan. According to him, you can remove the carbon tax off oil heat, and it won’t hurt the environment. That’s his argument,” Poilievre said.

It’s an odd argument indeed, and one the Trudeau Liberals made repeatedly on Monday. We shall see if all of this finally has Canadians noticing that Trudeau, our climate emperor, has no clothes.

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