PEI: GREEN 'Tories"????

PEI: GREEN 'Tories"????

Postby Oscar » Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:10 am

On P.E.I., a 'different breed' of conservative government — are they 'green Tories?'

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As conservatives across the country resist efforts to reduce emissions, Island PCs chart a different course

Kerry Campbell · CBC News · Posted: Dec 30, 2019 6:00 PM AT | Last Updated: December 30

In Alberta in 2019, the new United Conservative government under Jason Kenney created a $30-million "energy war room" to battle the environmental movement.

In Ontario, Progressive Conservative Premier Doug Ford said he was "proud" to tear up hundreds of green energy contracts after coming to power, at an estimated cost to provincial taxpayers of $230 million.

And while those two provinces and Saskatchewan continue to challenge the federal carbon tax in court, another conservative provincial government is headed in a completely different direction when it comes to climate change and the environment.

Dennis King led the Progressive Conservatives back to power in Prince Edward Island in 2019 after 12 years in opposition. Leading a minority government with the Greens as the Official Opposition, King has called climate change "the seminal issue of our time."

"I believe that as a responsible citizen we have to be concerned about our environment," said King "We have to work to chart a different course. Does that make me a 'green Tory' or whatever the label could be? I don't know."

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