Doug Ford and his caucus forgot to mention something when they filled up their gas tanks last weekend


A sample of fhe photos Ontario MPPs posted on Twitter on March 31 reminding them is was the last day to fill up their vehicles before the federal carbon tax kicked in and increased gas prices. Graphic by Fatima Syed

Ontario’s leaders were at the pumps all weekend reminding residents that the federal carbon tax was kicking in Monday.

From Kenora to Oxford to Ottawa and Toronto, all 55 members of the Progressive Conservative provincial government of Doug Ford posted photographs of themselves at gas stations warning drivers to fill up their tanks before a federal price on pollution adds to the cost.

The question of what to do about climate change was also largely avoided; none of the tweets even mentioned the phrase “climate change” or addressed the cost of failing to adequately address the problem.

Ontario’s leaders were at the pumps all weekend reminding residents that the federal carbon tax was kicking in Monday.

From Kenora to Oxford to Ottawa and Toronto, all 55 members of the Progressive Conservative provincial government of Doug Ford posted photographs of themselves at gas stations warning drivers to fill up their tanks before a federal price on pollution adds to the cost.

The question of what to do about climate change was also largely avoided; none of the tweets even mentioned the phrase “climate change” or addressed the cost of failing to adequately address the problem.

Rod Phillips

@RodPhillips01

Tomorrow life gets more expensive for you because of the Federal Carbon Tax. Ontario has a plan that does our share to reduce emissions without a tax. A Carbon Tax is not the only way to fight climate change – that’s why we are using every tool at our disposal to fight this tax.

Asked about it later at a news conference — held to herald the end of the province’s Drive Clean program, an automotive emission control test — Premier Ford said he doesn’t believe Ottawa will follow through on something that has been written into federal legislation and regulation and is written into tax forms.

“Nobody trusts the federal government when they cross their fingers and they say they will eventually, eventually, that’s a magical word, give money back to us,” he said. “I’ve yet to see governments give money back.” MORE