Liberal Leader Stephane Dion is floating the idea of introducing carbon taxes. Green Leader Elizabeth May, a friend of Dion, supports the idea. However, it is opposed by the NDP and Conservatives.
"We don't see that as the way to go," he [NDP leader Jack Layton] said. "We don't see putting a charge on the backs of individual Canadians through taxes as the way to go."
Mr. Layton said forcing big polluters to pay is the most effective and rapid way to bring down the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere....
Another Tory told the House of Commons that Mr. Dion will be in for a tough summer.
"We have learned that he plans to tour the country attempting to convince Canadians his new massive gas tax is a good idea," said Mervin Tweed. "With gas prices estimated at being the highest they have ever been this summer, that is going to take a lot of explaining."
Indeed, some Liberals are nervous at the prospect, arguing that the proposal needs to be unveiled well before an election because it is so technical.