Thousands of conservatives came out to oppose Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s national carbon tax in Calgary Friday night as Ontario Premier Doug Ford joined Alberta United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney.
As the Calgary Herald reports, many wore blue “MAGA” hats — for “Make Alberta Great Again” — to show their dissatisfaction with not only the Trudeau government but the quasi-socialist Alberta provincial government.(RELATED: Trudeau Plugs Carbon Tax As ‘Price On Pollution’)
Ford has already said he plans to fight the Trudeau government when it attempts to impose the carbon tax and Kenney said he will do the same if elected premier in the next provincial election, expected in 2019.
“I look forward to having Jason join (Saskatchewan Premier) Scott Moe, [Manitoba Premier] Brian Pallister and I,” said Ford, in reference to the two Western Canadian premiers who also oppose the carbon tax.
“We’ll all be at the premiers’ table defending common sense and Canadian taxpayers to fight against Trudeau’s carbon tax. It’s the tax we can’t afford, a job-killing tax that hikes up the price of services and goods and drives up the price of heating your homes.”
The enthusiastic crowd held onto every word as they frequently cheered and waved signs declaring “scrap the carbon tax,” the Herald reported.
“We are always stronger when we are united,” Ford said.
“Moving forward, we will defeat the NDP and bring common sense back to Alberta.”
Ford is actively seeking the support of other premiers in his quest to stop Trudeau’s carbon tax. Since he became premier in June, Ford has initiated a rapid conservative economic program that has included the scrapping of the Ontario Green Energy Act that Ford and many critics say has cost billions without significantly addressing energy needs.