LILLEY: 'Justin Journos' display little interest in carbon tax hike

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These were his comments at a UN summit where leaders discussed issues related to using the pandemic to bring about a green economy. As my colleague Lorrie Goldstein has noted, there were some disturbing quotes in the UN document that preceded the summit.

“COVID-19 has provided insight into how rapid lifestyle changes can be brought about by governments … The lockdown period in many countries may be long enough to establish new, lasting routines if supported by longer term measures,” is just one example of what leaders were discussing.

Worthy of a question? I’d think so. Then again, I haven’t been able to ask Trudeau questions in months.

He’ll take questions from student newspapers but his office has blocked me no matter how often I call in. Maybe they’re worried I’d ask about his comments to the UN.

I’d also think the fact that the government swore up and down that they weren’t going to increase the carbon tax after last year’s election and that if they did, it would be after negotiations with the provinces would be worth a question.

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For the record, there were no negotiations with the provinces. I’ll give CTV credit for at least asking about that; the Toronto Star did ask what would happen if the Supreme Court rejected Trudeau’s carbon tax, but that’s it.

My former colleagues in the Parliamentary Press Gallery may bristle at terms like “Justin Journos,” but if they don’t like the name, they shouldn’t act like it fits.

In the last election, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer faced more questions about abortion thanTrudeau did on claims that he would hike the carbon tax. Claims by the Conservatives that Trudeau would hike the carbon tax to $102 a tonne were met with so-called “fact check” articles claiming the Conservatives were misleading the public.

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