Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson has spent a total of $106,515 on flights in the past year.

According to documents from Blacklock’s Reporter, Wilkinson and political aides have travelled all across Canada while lecturing Canadians about the need to cut carbon emissions.

“I entered politics largely as a result of my concern about the environmental crisis that is climate change,” Wilkinson said on December 11. 

“I was concerned about these issues as a citizen of this country, a citizen of this planet, but perhaps I was most concerned about these issues as a father of two young daughters.”

This isn’t the first time the Trudeau government has been caught not practicing what they preach.

In December 2019, the government spent at least $683,278 to send a delegation to a United Nations climate change convention. $178,282 was spent on additional expenses such as airfares, taxis and chauffeured cars.

In June, it was revealed that former Environment Minister Catherine McKenna spent over $100,000 on taxi fares while in Ottawa during her tenure in the cabinet position. 

Last week, the Trudeau government announced that the carbon tax will increase by $15 a year to $170 by 2030, or an increase of 240%.

Wilkinson has also said that the government will be moving forward with a second carbon tax in the form of the Clean Fuel Standard next year.

While taxes on the cost of living increase, throughout 2020 the number of Canadians on regular EI has tripled and household debt has increased to 171% of disposable income.

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