July 20, 2024
Doug Ford says he’s too busy with governing to campaign for Scheer
Ontario Premier Doug Ford takes part in the opening ceremony parade, Tuesday, for the International Plowing Match in Verner.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford takes part in the opening ceremony parade, Tuesday, for the International Plowing Match in Verner.

VERNER — Ontario Premier Doug Ford said Tuesday he is too busy governing to campaign with federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, as one of a suite of Tory premiers to so far decline to appear on the trail.

Scheer has now campaigned in three provinces — Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba — that have conservative premiers. None has appeared with him.

Ford, Scheer, Manitoba’s Brian Pallister, Alberta’s Jason Kenney and Saskatchewan’s Scott Moe all appeared together last year on a cover of Maclean’s magazine, labelled “The Resistance.” The leaders all oppose the federal carbon tax and have been fighting it through court challenges and campaigns.

But several of those leaders have since said they won’t be stumping for Scheer in this election. Scheer declined to read anything into that when asked about it recently.

“The people in that photograph — premiers of provinces where the carbon tax has been imposed — we have all been very clear that we are going to work hard to fight back against the carbon tax,” he said.

“The good news is that on Oct. 21, those premiers, the premiers of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, will not have to fight the carbon tax, because Job 1 of a Conservative government is going to be to cancel the carbon tax.”

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