Liberals have “national mandate” to tax carbon, Chrystia Freeland says at Davos

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Speaking on a panel at the World Economic Forum’s Davos Agenda, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said her government was given a mandate for its carbon tax during the last election. “Our government has put a price on pollution across the country, a carbon price. We fought the 2019 election on that decision, and we were re-elected,” Freeland said. “We really believe we do have a national mandate to move forward.” Freeland was appearing on a stakeholder relations panel at the virtual summit, which aims to kick off the World Economic Forum’s Great Reset Initiative. Included among the panelists were International Monetary Fund executive director Kristalina Georgieva and Salesforce CEO Marc Beniof. While the Liberals were re-elected after implementing the carbon tax, Freeland neglected to mention the government’s December expansion of it, despite previous claims that it would not increase.