Expensive Liberal carbon tax could be Poilievre’s path to prime minister

With all the issues swirling about Ottawa these days, it’s hard to see the forest for the trees. What could crater the Liberals’ approval numbers? What could topple the government? What could be the ballot question?

Clearly, no one has figured that out. The latest Leger poll has the Liberal Party at 32 per cent, up two per cent over last month, while the Conservative party and the NDP sit at 33 per cent and 20 per cent, respectively, both down a point from the previous month. In other words, things are the same as they were in 2021.

The opposition needs something to break the impasse. And this week, Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre thinks he has found it, in the form of federal carbon taxes.

Poilievre is threatening to delay passage of the federal budget unless the government presents a plan to bring it to balance “in order to bring down inflation and interest rates” and cancels any future increases to the carbon tax. Both those things are not going to happen — but Poilievre figures that the underlying issues — overspending and overtaxing — will tip Canadians’ anger over the edge.

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