TORONTO, ON – The Honourable Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario, today hosted the Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and the Official Opposition, at Queen’s Park. Following their meeting, the two leaders released the following joint statement:
“Conservatives at both the provincial and federal levels of government remain united on addressing the core issues of affordability, safety, and trade affecting Ontarians and Canadians.
“First and foremost, we affirmed our mutual commitment to oppose and ultimately repeal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax. The Government of Ontario is joining the Conservative Party and a growing coalition of other provinces across Canada in opposing this punishing, job killing tax. We both agree that this tax is will do nothing to reduce Canadian greenhouse gas emissions while at the same time making life more expensive for Canadians by raising the cost of essentials like gasoline and home heating.
“Premier Ford is committed to fighting Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax with every tool at his disposal, and we both agree that the best way to protect Canadians from the carbon tax is to elect Andrew Scheer and a Conservative government in 2019.
“We also discussed several safety and security concerns that the Ontario government and a future federal Conservative government could swiftly address. We agreed that both governments would work to immediately to end the flow of illegal border crossers that strain both the Ontario and federal immigration systems and cost taxpayers millions. We also talked about how we could combat gang activity and gun violence in major urban centers like Toronto with smart and tough policies that target criminals.
“Finally, we committed to work together to break down interprovincial trade barriers that discourage business investment and prevent Canadians from benefitting from the hard work and innovation in other parts of the country. These barriers cost Canadians billions in lost economic activity and must come down for Ontario and Canada to realize their economic potential.
“We will continue to work together in the best interests of all Canadians and Ontarians to lower their cost of living, increase their economic opportunities, and make their communities safe.”
For more information, please contact:
Daniel Schow, Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition (613) 286-1050
Virginie Bonneau, Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition (613) 294-8150
Ivana Yelich, Office of the Premier (647) 244-5201