Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was against a federal carbon tax before he was in support of one. Or at least he was against thinking it was a wise idea to force the controversial “tax on everything” onto Canada’s provinces.
“Justin Trudeau says carbon pricing should be left to provinces” reads the headline of a CBC News story, dated January 2015, months before the election that first brought him to power.
Three provinces are now challenging the feds’ bossy approach in the courts. Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan are all waging a legal battle against Trudeau’s divisive tax. They’ve signaled they’re prepared to take this all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.
While lower level courts have so far sided with the federal Liberals, this should not be misinterpreted as being an advantage for Trudeau.
Trudeau does not have a resounding mandate to implement his agenda, at least not one as strong as the mandates enjoyed by the premiers opposing the carbon tax.
Western alienation is on the rise. If Trudeau’s serious about dealing with these divisions, he should not keep fighting the West in court just to force a tax on them.