Gerald Butts celebrates after Erin O’Toole reveals carbon tax plan

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s former top advisor Gerald Butts took to Twitter on Thursday to celebrate Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole’s newly unveiled carbon tax plan. In response to the plan, Butts congratulated the party for taking action by embracing a carbon tax. “Conventional wisdom used to be you couldn’t get elected in [Canada] on a carbon price. Now even Conservatives think you can’t get elected without one. Congrats to all the Canadians who made that happen,” tweeted Butts. Butts resigned from his position as the prime minister’s principal secretary in 2019 after being implicated in the Liberal government’s SNC-Lavalin scandal. Earlier today, the Conservative Party published a 15-page climate plan. The document, entitled “Secure the Environment: The Conservative Plan to Combat Climate Change,” lays out a plan to reduce the Liberal $40 a tonne tax to $20 per tonne with an eventual increase to $50 a tonne. The tax would apply for Canadians “each time they buy hydrocarbon-based fuel” with an added “Personal Low Carbon Savings Account” which will allow Canadians to withdraw money for so-called green expenditures.

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