Conservative Party Finance Critic Pierre Poilievre was in the southeast Friday morning, talking to area residents about the federal government’s carbon tax, and other issues which were raised in the town hall meeting.
“The Liberals refuse to tell us the cost of the carbon tax to the average Canadian family,” Poilievre said. “I filed access to information requests. The documents I got back are all blacked out. I think that's unacceptable.”
Poilievre has been one of the more outspoken critics on Parliament Hill of the carbon tax included in the federal budget this year and doesn’t feel it will actually achieve its stated intention of helping the climate.
“My worry is that it's going to be a cash grab, and it will pay for more big government at the expense of workers and entrepreneurs, and that's the last thing we need; people are already overtaxed in this country.”
The crowd asked Poilievre a number of questions about the carbon tax, and other topics which have been dominating political headlines lately.
Poilievre addressed the economic impacts the country is facing due to the tariffs imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump. He pointed out how Trump had threatened the possibility of tariffs during the U.S. election campaign, and Trudeau didn’t do anything to prepare the national economy, indicating what may develop into a key plank of the Conservative Party platform for the next federal election.
The discussion also moved to the legalization of cannabis, where Poilievre said he is hoping the taxes raised from the sale of cannabis will go to programs to reduce the use of cannabis similar to the way taxes from tobacco are used to reduce smoking.
Earlier in the morning, Poilievre spoke at a breakfast at McKenna Hall in Weyburn. After the meeting, he departed to head back to Ottawa.