Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending his government’s upcoming carbon tax hike amid provincial pushback, saying the policy is the best way to set Canada up for “success in the future.”

He criticized “short-term thinker politicians” during a March 13 press conference in Calgary, saying the 23 percent pricing increase set for April 1 is a “logical way” to address the impacts of climate change.
His remarks come as an ever-increasing number of premiers, including Newfoundland’s Liberal Premier Andrew Furey, urge Ottawa to pause the planned pricing increase from $65 to $80 per tonne.

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