by Lee Greenberg, Ottawa Citizen
A Liberal gaffe on the energy file Tuesday opened the door to increased Tory speculation about potential tax hikes. Brant MPP Dave Levac was forced to retract his comments on a possible carbon tax. Levac, who was the parliamentary assistant to the energy minister in the last government, told a Brantford newspaper that a carbon tax was “being reviewed” by the Liberal government.
“Yes, there is a possibility that a carbon tax is on the table to evaluate because it presently is,” Levac said.
Hours later, he issued a statement saying he “misspoke.”
“I confused a cap-and-trade program with a carbon tax,” Levac said in the statement. “While a cap-and-trade system has been discussed, a carbon tax is not and has never been on the table. In fact, the premier has been clear and definitively ruled this out, permanently.”