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Carbon tax didn’t stop Hurricane Fiona: Falk

Conservative MP Rosemarie Falk lambastes Liberals in Parliament over carbon tax.
Rosemarie Falk Sept 27 2022
Conservative MP Rosemarie Falk, during debate on an Opposition motion on the carbon tax on Sept. 27.

THE BATTLEFORDS, LLOYDMINSTER - Conservative MP Rosemarie Falk has lambasted the federal Liberals’ plans to triple the carbon tax by saying the tax failed to stop Hurricane Fiona.

The Battlefords-Lloydminster MP made the remark in the House of Commons Tuesday, during a debate on the motion put forward by Opposition Leader Pierre Poilievre on the carbon tax. 

“Today’s motion, put forward by our Conservative leader, calls on the government to abandon its plan to triple the carbon tax, and it would make a real difference in the lives of Canadians,” Falk said, as recorded in Hansard. “Canadians, and certainly my constituents in Battlefords—Lloydminster, cannot afford the tripling of the carbon tax.”

Falk noted that since the Liberal government imposed the carbon tax, “it has failed to meet every climate target that it has set for itself.” She said “doubling down on this failed policy, or I should say ‘tripling down’, will continue to do nothing for the environment.”

As she went on, Falk pointed to Hurricane Fiona, which had just impacted Atlantic Canada on the weekend, as an example of the carbon tax’s ineffectiveness in preventing weather events.

“Mr. Speaker, what is perplexing about 'carbon pricing,' or the carbon tax, is this: What is it doing to prevent disasters? What has the federally imposed Liberal carbon tax done for the environment? I ask because I come from a province that it has been imposed on. How come it did not prevent hurricane Fiona? 

“Where are these tax dollars going? What is it doing? It is doing nothing.”

In the end the Liberal government, with NDP and Bloc Québécois backing, defeated the Conservative motion.

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