Trudeau flip-flops on carbon tax rebate
Trudeau backtracks on carbon tax rebate, then falsely states he didn’t change his position.

Mike Campbell

April 24, 2024

After the federal Liberals said that Saskatchewanians would not be entitled to the carbon tax rebate, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has reversed course, saying that they will indeed get the full pop — just as much as other provinces — despite paying less in carbon taxes.

Trudeau flip-flops on carbon tax rebate

The flip-flop comes after Trudeau’s Natural Resources Minister, Jonathan Wilkinson said that residents “will no longer get the rebate” in November.

Wilkinson’s threat came after Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe decided he would stop charging the federal carbon levy on natural gas for home heating effective January 1, 2024.

But now the Prime Minister said that Saskatchewan residents will get the full rebate, and falsely stated that his party always had that position.

Asked by a reporter on Wednesday, “Why have you now changed your position, and what does this mean for other provinces who also refused to collect?” the Prime Minister responded, “First of all, there’s been no change in position.”

Trudeau further threatened Moe with legal trouble

“I don’t know about you, but having an argument with CRA about not wanting to pay your taxes is not a position I want anyone to be in. Good luck with that Premier,” Trudeau said.

The feds have been irate with Premier Moe for knee-capping their federal carbon tax, with Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland also suggesting in November that it’s possible Premier Moe will get criminally charged.

“What can the federal government do to prevent [Moe] from acting unilaterally?” a reporter asked Freeland. “Will he, will the province, will anyone, incur penalties? Will there be fees? Or perhaps even jail time?” a reporter asked Freeland.

Freeland responded, “The federal government expects everyone in Canada to obey the law. Canada is a country of good peace, order, and good government. I think that is something all Canadians believe in. That’s something we expect.”

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