Ontario premier defends carbon tax recession claims in wake of criticism

TORONTO — Ontario’s premier is defending his claims that a federal carbon tax will cause Canada to plunge into recession after the federal government and economists said he was incorrect.Doug Ford used social media to criticize the economists who disputed his claim, saying a carbon price will increase the cost of goods for Ontario residents.Ford claimed on Monday that the federal carbon price will be an economic disaster and lead to recession.He doubled down on the remarks today, saying the threat of such a situation is real.Economists say there is no credible analysis to back up Ford’s claims and that a carbon price will have a small impact on the national economy.The federal government also disagrees with Ford’s claim, saying its plan will cut emissions and grow the economy.The Canadian Press

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