While 36 per cent of Canadians told Abacus Data Ford is correct, 64 per cent said he was over-stating the negative impacts of a carbon tax. When people were told that many economists rejected Ford’s take, even more — 74 per cent — said he was wrong.

Ford first made the claim in a speech to the Economic Club of Canada in downtown Toronto on Jan. 21.

“I’m here today to ring the warning bell that the risk of a carbon tax recession is very, very real,” he said. “A carbon tax will be a total economic disaster, not only for our province but for our entire country.”

Economists and environmentalists disputed his claim, but Ford doubled down the next day.

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