A big debate is stirring between Queen's Park and Ottawa on the carbon tax, but Kenora MP Bob Nault isn't anxious to get in the middle of it.
"Obviously, we are going to end up in a big discussion about climate change, and the fact it's been suggested by the Ford government we're going to move away from the position of the previous government," he said, understating the case.
While the Liberal government under Premier Kathleen Wynne had introduced its own cap and trade system, following the introduction of green energy projects, the new PC government under Premier Doug Ford has been busy cutting back these initiatives.
As the federal MP for Kenora, Nault says he'd still like to work with Queen's Park on twinning the highway, building a new hospital in Kenora or adding all-weather roads for the Far North. So, he isn't anxious to get involved in a partisan battle.
"You won't see me coming out and challenging the Ford government, unless I really think it's important for us as a Canadian government, to send the message that that's just not helpful or useful for the Canadian government as a whole," he noted, without specifying a particular issue.
Manitoba has joined Ontario and Saskatchewan in openly opposing a carbon tax.