Telus is retreating from its open support of the Liberal government's carbon pricing plan after it came under attack from right-wing Twitter users.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled a new carbon price: $10 per tonne of greenhouse gas emissions in 2018, rising to $50 by 2022.
In response, Telus tweeted the following:
Conservative MP Michelle Rempel slammed the corporation in Parliament on Wednesday.
"To Telus management, the inconvenient truth is that for your customers, your employees, my constituents, and all Canadians, for all of them, you have made the future a lot less friendly by blindly supporting this tax."
Many social media users also took swings at Telus.
Couldn't hate a company any more than I do Telus right now https://t.co/vtwYGKdavX— Dean Skoreyko (@bcbluecon) October 5, 2016
The company apologized for the tweet on Wednesday:
Our carbon pricing tweet late yesterday was not meant to be partisan or political, but we know it appeared that way, and we’re sorry.— TELUS (@TELUS) October 5, 2016
We take your input very seriously and your feedback will inform our sustainability policies and initiatives going forward.— TELUS (@TELUS) October 5, 2016
Telus is a founding member of Smart Prosperity, a coalition of business leaders, think tanks, Indigenous peoples, and more, who are looking to build a stronger economy while minimizing environmental harm.
Telus' apology wasn't enough for former "Dragon's Den" star Brett Wilson — who said he helps to fund Smart Prosperity.
However Smart Prosperity later contacted The Huffington Post Canada and said that Wilson does not fund the organization.
@TELUS then announce that on reflection the model announced is Ill conceived and divisive to Canada.— * W. Brett Wilson * (@WBrettWilson) October 5, 2016
If you think about it and care.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has said she won't support the carbon price plan unless the federal government helps realize a pipeline that would carry oilsands product to Canadian coasts.
CLARIFICATION: An earlier version of this story cited a tweet by Brett Wilson suggesting that he funds Smart Prosperity. Smart Prosperity says this is not the case.
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