Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose used the words ‘carbon tax’ at least 16 times during a news conference on Wednesday as she set the stage for the Tories’ focus during the upcoming federal by-election in two Calgary ridings.
Ambrose wouldn’t say the race was a single-issue campaign for the Conservatives, but she did tell reporters the prime minister’s plan to introduce a federal carbon pricing strategy is an important issue for her party.
“This is his signature economic policy,” said Ambrose. “It has failed in Ontario, it is failing in Alberta and this is what he thinks will get pipelines approves, this is what he thinks will solve the economic woes of a province like Alberta. It will not.”
Ambrose was optimistic the messaging would resonate with voters.
“I feel very confident that our party, which is the voice of the taxpayer, the voice of ordinary working people, the voice that says no to the carbon tax, [is] going to [have] the candidates who will be successful,” Ambrose said.
Federal by-elections in five federal ridings, including Calgary-Midnapore and Calgary-Heritage, take place April 3.