Conservative statement on Liberal Carbon Tax Supreme Court ruling

Ottawa, ON – The Hon. Erin O’Toole, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and the Official Opposition, issued the following statement on the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling on the Liberal Carbon Tax:
 
“Canada’s Conservatives will repeal Justin Trudeau’s Carbon Tax. We will protect the environment and fight the reality of climate change, but we won't do it by making the poorest pay more.
 
“The Supreme Court recognized that policies related to emission reduction touch on federal and provincial jurisdiction. Conservatives prefer a collaborative approach to tackling climate change to make progress while also helping maintain a strong economy.
 
“After promising not to, Justin Trudeau tripled the Carbon Tax, jeopardizing hundreds of thousands of jobs. Under Trudeau, Canada’s unemployment rate is among the highest in the G-7 and we are experiencing the worst economic growth since the great depression. It’s impossible to understand why Trudeau would choose now, of all times, to put Canadians out of work.
 
“The Supreme Court highlighted the risk of carbon leakage between provinces. The same risk of leakage of jobs and investment exists between Canada and the United States.
 
“Canada’s Conservatives will put forward a clear and comprehensive climate plan focused on reducing emissions, but we won’t do it on the backs of the poorest and working Canadians.
 
“Our relentless focus will remain on securing jobs, securing the economy, and securing our future.”


Conservative statement on International Women’s Day

Ottawa, ON – Jag Sahota, Conservative Shadow Minister for Women and Gender Equality, released the following statement in recognition of International Women’s Day:

“Today we celebrate International Women’s Day. First celebrated in 1911, International Women’s Day is an opportunity for us to not only reflect on the achievements that the women before us have accomplished in the fight for gender equality, but also on the work that remains for our generation.

“As a woman, I am eternally grateful for their dedication and advocacy, but as I said in the House of Commons, I am looking forward to future generations looking back and being proud of our accomplishments and being able to build upon them. The work to build an equal Canada is never really complete.

“As a female MP in the Conservative Party of Canada, I am proud of our continued advocacy and our long history of supporting women across our country. Not only was it under a Conservative government that a woman’s right to vote was recognized, but women play a vital and leading role in our Party today.

“Unfortunately, I am very disheartened by the lack of action we are seeing from this Liberal government.

“In 2019, the Liberals promised Canadian women a National Action Plan to combat gender-based violence, but we have no plan. This broken promise is disheartening, especially at a time when women are disproportionately disadvantaged by the pandemic. Actions speak louder than words, and women and girls across Canada need a government that will support them.

“On International Women’s Day, and every day, Canada’s Conservatives will continue to call on the Liberal government to take real, meaningful action to support women across Canada as we focus on securing our future.”


Statement from Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole on lack of economic leadership

Ottawa, ON – The Hon. Erin O’Toole, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and the Official Opposition, issued the following statement on the GDP numbers released by Statistics Canada:
 
“Today’s GDP numbers confirm that our country and its workers are in desperate need of economic leadership.
 
“We are almost a year into the pandemic and Justin Trudeau has failed to put forward an economic plan that will get Canadians back to work. Under the Liberal government, Canada has had a record economic decline, the highest unemployment in the G7, and the worst economic growth per capita since the Great Depression.
 
"The fact is Canada spent more per capita in this crisis and is achieving the worst outcomes in the G7 when it comes to employment, vaccine rollout, and business confidence.
 
“Unlike the Trudeau Liberals, Conservatives will work hard to promote an economic recovery that benefits all Canadians. This means jobs and growth in every sector of the economy and in every part of the country.
 
“Conservatives are ready to do whatever it takes to get the economy back on track and secure our future. Canada’s Conservatives got us out of the last recession – and I know we can lead Canada out of this one too.”


Statement from Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole on Liberal COVID-19 response

Ottawa, ON – The Hon. Erin O’Toole, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and the Official Opposition, released the following statement on the latest disastrous developments in Canada’s vaccination procurement:

“Today is another disappointing day for Canadians who know that without vaccines, there is no recovery.

“Canada’s daily vaccination rate is the lowest in the G7 – and we have no domestic manufacturing capacity. Now, we’ve learned that there are no confirmed shipments of Moderna vaccines after this week.

“This news is not only frustrating for Canadians, but devastating. We cannot secure jobs, we cannot secure our economy, we cannot secure the future until Canadians are vaccinated.

“We need the government to succeed in securing vaccines for the sake of all Canadians – but Justin Trudeau is letting us down. Every cancelled delivery of vaccines, every delay of vaccines, means Canada has to wait longer to turn the corner in this pandemic. It’s another day that businesses are forced to stay shuttered and families are forced to be apart.

“The Liberals need to be honest with Canadians on what they’re doing to secure the vital tools needed today to fight COVID-19 and secure our future.”


Conservatives smash fundraising records to close out 2020

 

O’Toole’s Conservatives post record-breaking second half, and record-breaking Q4

Erin O’Toole’s first six months as leader of the Conservative Party has brought in record fundraising totals, and has put the party well on track towards funding a full election campaign, just 14 months after the last federal election. O’Toole’s Conservatives raised over $7.6 million in Q4, a record Q4 for any party, bringing the second half of 2020 to a fundraising total of over $13.3 million – a record outside of an election for any party.

“Since the start of my leadership, we’ve worked tirelessly on behalf of Canadians, and thanks to a second half that had a record-breaking amount of support from Canadians looking for change in the government, our Conservative team can focus exclusively on getting as many people back to work, in every part of Canada, in every sector, as quickly as possible,” said O’Toole. “The Liberals can focus on keeping their own jobs, Conservatives are focused on securing yours. We’re ready to do whatever it takes to get the economy back on track, while the Liberals are ready to do whatever it takes to help themselves and their well-connected friends.”

The Conservative’s Q4 fundraising total of $7,661,755 from 46,234 donors is a record Q4 for any political party in Canada. The second half fundraising total of $13,316,937 is a record second half outside an election for any political party in Canada.

“We know the next election is going to be about securing the future of the country,” said O’Toole. “It’s securing the financial future, securing jobs, and securing our economic recovery. Our team is focused on jobs, wages, and getting Canada’s finances back on track. These fundraising results show clearly that Canadians are responding to our message, and are trusting us to lead and manage the economy.”

The next fundraising report will cover January to March 2021, and will be released by Elections Canada at the end of April.


Erin O’Toole welcomes former PEI Liberal Minister of Health, Doug Currie, to Conservative team

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole welcomed a new candidate to his team today. Prince Edward Island’s former Liberal Minister of Health, Doug Currie, has been acclaimed as the Conservative Party of Canada candidate in the riding of Charlottetown for the next federal election. Currie served as MLA for District 11 Charlottetown-Parkdale from 2007 to 2017 and held several cabinet roles during that time, including his tenure as Health Minister.

“It’s been frustrating for all Canadians to watch the government’s on-going failure to procure and deliver vaccines for Canadians,” said O’Toole. “We want the government to succeed – for the sake of every Canadian. I’m proud to be welcoming Doug to our Conservative team as someone with Cabinet experience in the Health portfolio, and as someone who understands we cannot secure jobs without a vaccine, we cannot secure our economic recovery without a vaccine, and we cannot secure the future without a vaccine. With Canada sitting at just 1.46% of our population vaccinated, we’re well behind the pace of other nations. Our Conservative team cannot accept this kind of failure with so much at stake.”

“As the federal government navigates the post-pandemic economic recovery, we need a strong voice in Ottawa to ensure the needs of the people of Charlottetown are being met,” says Currie. “That’s why I’m joining the Erin O’Toole team and Canada’s Conservatives. We need a competent, compassionate and prudent plan that supports the well-being of the people of Charlottetown and the unique needs of Islanders for generations to come.”

In addition to his time as PEI Health Minister, Currie has extensive experience leading bipartisan provincial and federal healthcare initiatives. He is also a former educator and principal and has served as PEI’s Minister of Education on two separate occasions. He is currently Vice President of Corporate Services, Strategic Development and Stakeholder Relations at Holland College.

Currie is a lifelong resident of Charlottetown where he lives with his family. He holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Prince Edward Island and a Master of Education degree from the University of New Brunswick.

“We are very pleased that Doug Currie is our candidate for the next federal election, someone I know as a quality, well-liked individual with political and cabinet experience,” said Ron Profit, President of the Charlottetown Conservative Electoral District Association. “Doug is passionate and has a proven dedication to the community and to the people of Charlottetown.”


Statement from Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole on Keystone XL

Ottawa, ON — The Hon. Erin O’Toole, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and the Official Opposition, today released the following statement addressing reports that President-elect Joe Biden will cancel the Keystone XL pipeline extension:

“If true, this move will devastate thousands of Canadian families who have already been badly hurt by the economic crisis. We need a recovery for all Canadians, in every part of Canada, in every sector – including energy. Keystone XL is a project of national significance that supports countless workers on both sides of the border.

“At a time when both countries need to focus on job creation, and strengthened bilateral relations, I call on the Prime Minister to immediately reach out to the incoming U.S. administration to stop this from happening and stand up for working Canadians across Canada. I also call upon the incoming U.S. administration to meet with our Prime Minister and affected workers prior to making this decision.”


January 20th Statement from Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole

Ottawa, ON — Today, the Conservative Caucus voted to remove Derek Sloan. The Hon. Erin O’Toole, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and the Official Opposition, released the following statement:

“I want all Canadians to feel welcome in the Conservative Party of Canada. 

“The focus of Canada’s Conservatives is getting as many people back to work, in every part of Canada, in every sector, as quickly as possible.

“The Conservative Caucus voted to remove Derek Sloan not because of one specific event, but because of a pattern of destructive behaviour involving multiple incidents and disrespect towards the Conservative team for over a year. These actions have been a consistent distraction from our efforts to grow the Party and focus on the work we need to do. Events of the past week were simply the last straw and led to our caucus making the decision it did today.

“I did not vote to remove Derek Sloan from our caucus because he is a social conservative. We have Members of Parliament of deep compassion and unmatched character, who like many Canadians, draw strength from their faith. The Conservative Party is a big tent that is reflective of all Canadians. People of all backgrounds have a place in our Party.

“As politicians in Canada, we must hold ourselves to the highest standards. Canadians deserve nothing less.

“We are ready to do whatever it takes to get Canada working again. In the next election, Canadians will ask themselves, ‘who do I trust to create jobs and get the economy back on track?’ 

“Our Party is working hard to earn the trust of Canadians. Canada’s Conservatives got us out of the last recession – and I know we can lead Canada out of this one too.

“Let’s get back to work.”


Conservatives condemn decision to grant travel exemption to family of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou

WINNIPEG, MB – Raquel Dancho, Conservative Shadow Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today issued the following statement regarding the news that Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s family received a special exemption to visit her in Canada while awaiting her extradition hearing:

“The Liberals rolled out the red carpet and granted a special travel exemption for the Huawei CFO’s family to reunite in time for the holidays. This is an insult to the millions of Canadians who were told by this government not to visit loved ones.

“The Liberal government broke their promise to Canadians and their families abroad who have been separated for nearly a year and unable to reunite because of the slow, uncompassionate family reunification process they put in place.

“The families of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig marked their second holiday season apart.

“Meanwhile, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been denied basic human rights and detained in communist Chinese prisons for over two years, with limited access to their families and consular support.

“It is disappointing to see Justin Trudeau and his government continue their dangerous and naïve approach to Communist China. Canada and Canadians deserve better.”


Trudeau’s plan to triple the Carbon Tax

Ottawa, ON – Dan Albas, Conservative Shadow Minister for Environment and Climate Change, released the following statement regarding Justin Trudeau’s plan to triple the Carbon Tax:

“Fighting climate change at home and around the world is an important goal that takes work. Canadians agree on the importance of protecting our environment and natural spaces, and it is an issue that our Party and Leader are passionate about.

“It’s shameful that the Liberals failed to properly consult provinces on their plan raise the Carbon Tax. The environment is an area of shared jurisdiction and Canada’s Conservatives will respect the jurisdiction of the provinces and territories by scrapping Trudeau’s Carbon Tax. If provinces want to use market mechanisms, other forms of carbon pricing, or regulatory measures, that is up to them.

“This week, Conservatives put forward a motion to stop the Liberals from raising taxes during the pandemic. Not only did the Liberals vote against our motion, but they are now raising the Carbon Tax even higher. This increase will mean that Canadians will pay more for groceries, home heating, and add up to 37.57 cents per litre to the cost of gas.

“The Trudeau Liberals promised that they wouldn’t raise the Carbon Tax, but that is exactly what they are doing today. This is just another example of the Trudeau Liberals promising one thing to get elected, and then breaking their promise when they no longer need your vote.

“Conservatives know that we must preserve our shared environment for future generations without sacrificing the jobs Canadians need today or damaging the economic engine that helps fund our vital social programs.”



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