Conservative premiers go to war with Trudeau climate tax

By Zi-Ann Lum | 03/29/2024 06:18 AM EDT

Canada’s prime minister chides provincial leaders for misinforming voters on carbon pricing.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at a conference.

"Conservative politicians across this country are not telling the truth to Canadians,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday. Noam Galai/Getty Images

OTTAWA — Canada’s conservative premiers are making a last-minute play to get Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to climb down on an imminent hike to the carbon tax.

Provincial leaders in seven provinces want Ottawa to pause an April 1 price increase amid affordability concerns. The campaign is likely to fail, but not without inflicting further damage on Trudeau’s signature climate policy.

Trudeau and his Cabinet insist there’s zero chance of a pause.


“Never say never,” Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe repeated during a virtual appearance at an all-party House committee on Wednesday.