Ford challenges Trudeau to lower federal gas taxes, saying he’ll match ‘every single penny’

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While running in the 2018 Ontario election, Doug Ford vowed to reduce gas prices by 10 cents.

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He won the election, but his promise was not fulfilled for long.

Instead, gas prices have soared to explosive new highs in recent months, showing no signs of respite.


Ford blamed much of the climb on its losing court battle with the federal government over the carbon tax.

“I unfortunately lost in court, I respect the court’s decision, but I warned (the people) … the carbon tax is the worst tax on the back of the Canadian people that has ever existed.”

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Despite its dismay, Ford said on Friday it was committed to providing some relief at the pumps to cash-strapped Ontario people. He’s just waiting for Justin Trudeau to make the first move.

“I’ll match every penny, here’s a challenge, every penny the federal government cuts its taxes, we’ll match that.”

Savings for drivers from the gas-priced chicken game are unlikely – Justin Trudeau’s federal climate plan calls for increasing the carbon tax by 2030.

Trudeau has argued that the tax exemption will continue and most families should get back more than they paid in tax.

With files from the Canadian Press

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