Erin O’Toole Claims Only “some” Conservatives Dislike His Carbon Tax Plan

Written By Wyatt Claypool, Posted on August 22, 2021

Since rolling out his environment plan, Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole has been unsuccessfully gaslighting Canadian Conservatives that his proposed “carbon pricing-scheme” is not a tax.

This has undoubtedly been one of the biggest policy issues holding down support for the Conservative Party, even in the face of the gross incompetence of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and that’s because on the carbon tax O’Toole has become no different than Trudeau. 

When asked about O’Toole’s Conservative base not liking his environment plan and calling out the “pricing scheme” as a tax, he said, “It does price carbon and I do get some questions about it and some people frustrated about that, but it shows my commitment.”

O’Toole then admitted that he was confronted by “a lot of pissed off farmers” about his plan in Saskatchewan, but “By the time I finished that conversation, they understood,” which is another way of saying that he lied to them. 

There are few Conservative supporters in Canada that actually like O’Toole’s carbon tax plan, and by claiming only “some” are opposed it shows either O’Toole is completely trapped in the Toronto echo-chamber, or he is just trying to make Conservatives who oppose his carbon tax plan feel like the minority and that their concerns don’t need to be taken seriously.


The fact is O’Toole is using the exact same lies that the Conservatives had roasted Trudeau and the Liberals for using when they introduced their carbon tax to claim that it is not a tax; the Liberals even today use phrases like “price on pollution” to avoid saying it is a tax. 

Both the Liberals and Conservatives now lean into the idea that because their tax is paired with a rebate for gasoline purchased at gas stations that they can then claim you aren’t being taxed.

Unfortunately for O’Toole’s “pricing scheme” narrative, the Conservatives have tons of clips online of them rightfully calling out the Liberals’ lies on their carbon tax plan, which are now the perfect response to O’Toole’s lies as well. 

Just because the Conservatives will give you back a rebate on fuel purchased at a gas station, which can only be spent on government-approved green energy products, does not mean that their carbon tax is not a tax.

O’Toole’s “carbon pricing-scheme” does not provide Canadians with any rebates for the increased cost of heating their homes, buying groceries, or any other manufactured or transported product (basically everything on the market) so it is deceptive to pretend that the small rebate you get from swiping a card at the gas pump, which you can only spend how O’Toole allows you to, negates the fact it is indeed a tax. 

Pierre Poilievre has a great clip on his Youtube channel going after the Liberals carbon tax, and the ways they tried to cover up the increases in prices on everyday products due to their tax, which also acts as a great takedown of O’Toole’s carbon tax, maybe with just slightly different details.

Conservative MPs, especially those in Alberta, are making a mockery of themselves by running in 2019 against the carbon tax, to only flip-flop a couple of years later and pretend they aren’t doing exactly what they were calling out the Liberals for. 

Some MPs will lie to the voters in their riding and say they still want to “scrap the carbon tax” and oppose all forms of carbon taxes, but then will not respond when asked if they consider Erin O’Toole’s “carbon pricing-scheme” to be another tax like Justin Trudeau’s “price on pollution”.

It is a profound wound to the party that not only has O’Toole alienated many from the Conservative base from being soft on lockdowns, and moving to the left on social issues, but that he has also managed to make every Conservative MP running for reelection a provable liar by forcing them all to run on an environmental platform they themselves campaigned and argued against for years.

Wyatt Claypool

Wyatt is a student at Mount Royal University, where he is the president of its Campus Conservative club. In his writing, he focuses on covering provincial and federal politics, firearms regulation, and the energy sector. Wyatt has also previously written for The Post Millennial.

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