If Ontario’s carbon pricing scheme is such a great idea, why aren’t Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne, and the NDP’s Andrea Horwath, who supports it, praising it to the skies on the campaign trail?
Thanks to a new Ipsos-Global TV poll, now we know why.
It found 72% of 1,197 eligible voters surveyed from May 4-7 think carbon taxes are just a tax grab, with 68% saying they’re symbolic rather than effective.
This skeptical, and accurate, view of Wynne’s cap-and-trade scheme — given that cap and trade is just another form of a carbon tax, which raises the prices of goods and services instead of the taxes on them — cuts across party lines.
While 85% of Conservative voters think carbon taxes are just a tax grab, so do 72% of NDP voters and 54% of Liberal voters.
As Ipsos Global Affairs CEO Darrell Bricker said of the poll’s findings, the more Wynne and Horwath speak about cap-and-trade, the more it helps PC leader Doug Ford, who has vowed to scrap it, “because what it really does is ricochet back on the Conservative voters and give them more passion about supporting a change in government.”