Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to the media and students at Humber College regarding his government's new carbon tax in Toronto on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

Marty Morantz posing for a picture wearing a formal attire
M. P. Marty Morantz


As I return to Parliament this week, know that I will be fighting for all Winnipeggers: Reminding the Prime Minister of the cost-of-living crisis that is raging across the country. That life is harder than ever for Canadian families while for him and Liberal insiders, life has never been better.

Justin Trudeau’s inflationary tax and spend agenda has made this past year one of misery for many Canadians. Rents are rising faster than wages for the first time in 60 years and food bank usage across Canada has exploded. 

The Liberals and their NDP costly coalition partners have continuously blocked Conservative efforts to axe Trudeau’s carbon tax to bring down the price of gas, groceries, and home heating. 

The carbon tax was a failed experiment. The Liberals promised that the carbon tax would protect the environment and not cost Canadians anything because they would get back more in rebates than they paid into the tax. 

Not only have the Liberals failed to meet every single one of their environmental targets, but the independent Parliamentary Budget Officer has also confirmed that Canadians pay more into the carbon tax than they get back in rebates.

The Liberals don’t have an environmental plan – they have a tax plan. 

The Liberals will claim that the carbon tax doesn’t raise the cost of food, but when the government taxes the person who grows the food and the trucker who ships the food, it increases the cost to Canadians who buy the food. 

While Trudeau plays political games with the carbon tax by giving carve-outs to some Canadians and not to others, Conservatives are focused on axing the tax on all, for good. Our plan is simple. No pauses. No gimmicks. No special deals based on politics. 

Conservatives have a common-sense plan. We have a plan to cap spending and cut waste to bring down inflation and interest rates. We will eliminate taxes to reduce the cost of living for every Canadian. We will cut taxes to make work pay once again. We will make sure Canada is a place where work enables people everywhere around our country, to have a good life, to own a home and to live a peaceful life in their community.

Marty Morantz is MP for Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley.

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