Canadians are going to need a truth and reconciliation commission to understand conservative leader Pierre Poilievre and his failure to debate legislation with honesty. The other day I was watching a television clip of his discussion on Bill C-234 which is now before the senate. This polyester politician can lie so routinely to Canadians, it makes your stomach turn.
To tell you about this, you should be aware that Bill C-234 was probably written on the request of the leader of the opposition’s office. The basic intent of the bill is to eliminate the levy on greenhouse gas emissions for all propane and natural gas used on farms to heat buildings. In simple terms, this bill would cancel out the effort the government is making to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across Canada, and all the while, to eliminate the expense for those who cannot afford it.
The most amusing part of the Poilievre speech was his claim that a chicken farmer, who spends $40,000 over the winter heating his hen house cannot afford the added expense of the carbon levy. To begin with anyone spending $40,000 to keep their chickens warm and cozy is doing it as a business expense. And any hen house that expensive to heat would probably be the equivalent in size to a 40-home subdivision. He is talking about a million-dollar business. And it would definitely be included in those businesses that should be moving to lower-cost heating systems.
What I did not understand in Poilievre’s speech was that he talked about the heating oil levy as only being omitted in the Atlantic provinces. The Atlantic provinces probably still have many homes that need to move away from oil heating. The moratorium on the oil heating levy applies to other provinces as well as in the Atlantic provinces. It is for three years to give people using home heating oil time to find more efficient methods of heating their homes.
But Mr. Poilievre does not seem to be paying attention to what is really going on and it seems more important to him to misrepresent what the liberal government is doing. Canadians are starting to become impatient with Mr. Poilievre. He wants to blame the liberals for everything and has no solutions of his own.
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