Our pot-pushing Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has doubled down on his July 1st deadline for marijuana legalization and is now pressuring the Senate to pass it.
When they first presented their plan for legalization, the Liberals introduced two bills – Bill C-45, the Cannabis Legalization Act and Bill C-46 to help police deal with impaired driving. However, pot point man, Liberal MP Bill Blair, has now stated that legalization will go forward even if the impaired driving bill is not ready.
Getting behind the wheel of a vehicle while high is just as dangerous as driving drunk. MADD Canada has already denounced this move by the Liberals. Moreover, many business leaders have expressed their concerns to me about the danger and liability of employees driving trucks or operating heavy machinery while high.
I have written previously and spoken in the House of the recklessness of the Liberals on this issue and the immense dangers posed to society by the legalization of marijuana. It is a gateway drug, introducing young people to the world of other illegal drugs—which the Liberals have stated they are now open to discussing legalizing as well.
While we disagree with legalization, Conservatives believe that it is more important to get both the cannabis legalization bill and the impairment bill right rather than rush them through Parliament just so the Justin Trudeau can celebrate Canada Day in a cloud of smoke.
Carbon Tax Cover-up
Thanks to Justin Trudeau gas prices, electricity rates, taxes and mortgage payments are all increasing, making it more and more difficult for Canadian families to make ends meet. His Liberal government has raised income taxes on 80% of middle class taxpayers, boosted payroll taxes, and now he is ramming through a carbon tax that will inflate other consumer prices. Worse yet, his Liberal government is covering up how much the tax will cost the average Canadian family.
Over the last two years, Conservatives have asked the government dozens of times to tell us how much the average middle-class family will pay in new taxes – and each time the Liberals have refused to tell Canadians. Multiple requests for information filed with the government have resulted in the release of documents that have key information blacked out.
Why you might ask?
The Parliamentary Budget Officer recently released a new report which found that the Liberal carbon tax will take $10 billion out of the Canadian economy over the next four years. Other estimates argue the cost could soar as high as $35 billion per year. There is no doubt that this will negatively affect jobs, workers, and their families. No wonder the Liberals are hiding these numbers from Canadians.
Proponents of carbon taxes say the costs of the carbon tax can be reimbursed and that it is more efficient than regulation; however there is no jurisdiction in Canada where the carbon tax is revenue neutral. In every province, it has become just another source of tax revenue for the government.
The Liberals’ carbon tax will not lead to major emissions reductions in Canada either. We need look no further than British Columbia to see a perfect example of this. BC’s carbon tax isn’t helping the environment; it’s just costing Canadians. Despite having the highest carbon tax in Canada, emissions have continued to rise, and as a result British Columbians now pay more for gas than anyone else in North America—a fact that Justin Trudeau celebrates and has made clear he wishes for all Canadians.
Conservatives understand that you cannot tax your way to a cleaner environment. We will continue to fight for lower taxes and we will continue to call on the Liberals to immediately end their carbon tax cover-up.