Feb 09, 2018

By Jane Brown

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Caroline Mulroney appears to have changed her mind on the carbon tax that generates the revenues to pay for promises in the Ontario PC Party’s People’s Guarantee platform.

On Sunday, the leadership hopeful said she backed the People’s Guarantee because the platform came out of the grassroots policy process that all members voted on.

But in a statement on Twitter Thursday, Mulroney said as the leader of the PC Party, she will not support a carbon tax.

Her flip flop came after rivals Christine Elliott and Doug Ford publicly said they oppose former leader Patrick Brown’s plan to sign on to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s national carbon pricing scheme to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Elliott released a survey yesterday saying that 92 percent of more than 1500 grassroots members agree with her opposition to the carbon tax.

“Our members have indicated they don’t want to bring in a carbon tax. I think most Ontarians feel the same way,” Elliot explained on Thursday, “And so we are working on other sources of revenue for our program and for our platform and I’m confident we’re going to find them.”

Meantime, a fourth candidate has joined the race. Her name is Tanya Granic Allen, President of Parents as First Educators — a grassroots movement against the current sexual education curriculum in Ontario.

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