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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair speaks to reporters in the Foyer of the House of Commons following Question Period on Parliament Hill in Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, September 17, 2012.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair speaks to reporters in the Foyer of the House of Commons following Question Period on Parliament Hill in Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, September 17, 2012.
(Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Conservatives call it a carbon tax. NDP call it cap and trade. Which is it?

The federal Conservatives who were, by their own standards, relatively gentle with the opposition New Democrats throughout the spring have returned to the fall sitting with their messaging set on “carbon tax” and specifically the NDP’s alleged support for such a levy.

The New Democrats deny they have ever favoured such a tax – though they do argue for a cap-and-trade system to force polluters to pay for their carbon output. But an NDP news release issued Monday saying the Conservatives just “love to lie about carbon taxes” did nothing to stop the onslaught.