Tory leadership hopeful Maxime Bernier says he’ll push for pipeline projects

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WATCH ABOVE: Quebec MP Maxime Bernier, who is running for leadership of the Conservative Party, talks with Lisa Dutton – Aug 31, 2016

Quebec MP Maxime Bernier, one of the candidates vying for the leadership of the federal Conservative Party, said he opposes a federal carbon tax.

Bernier, who was in Saskatoon on Wednesday, also said he will push to have pipeline projects go ahead so western oil to the coasts for sale overseas.

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He added that balancing the budget should be Canada’s priority, not spending more and piling on debt.

He also said he would push for a smaller government to give more freedom and prosperity to Canadians.

Others in the race to be Tory leader are Ontario MPs Kellie Leitch, Michael Chong, Tony Clement.

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Alberta MP Deepak Obhrai and Saskatchewan MP Brad Trost have said they will run, but have not formally applied to the party to be candidates.

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Bernier has previously promised to ease foreign ownership restrictions on airlines, privatize Canada’s major airports, deregulate the telecommunications industry, end supply management for the egg, chicken and dairy industries, and privatize Canada Post.

“I think the solution is we must work with other countries like China and India, they are the big emitters, so we must work with them and maybe sell them Canadian technology,” Bernier said about reducing greenhouse gases.

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