Climate Game Part 2

Further to my previous post here are a few links worth checking out:

Climate plans must not harm the little guyOttawa Sun editorial

Brown makes smart move on carbon pricingToronto Sun editorial

Conservatives are rethinking the party’s stance on carbon pricing – Chantal Hebert, Toronto Star.  And here’s the money quote (literally):

“The provincial carbon pricing train simply left the station without them.”

You know how I feel. It’s a huge worldwide scam. But it appears to be inevitable so let’s pick the option that falls under tight scrutiny, does the least harm to taxpayers and actually has a hope of improving the environment.

 

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Posted in Canadian economy, climate change, economy, environment, Follow the money | 11 Comments

Playing the Climate Game

Time to start a new post again. The previous one has over 100 comments and things get a bit unwieldy after that.

Anyway I thought I’d throw out a few thoughts on politics and climate change. Conservatives both provincially and federally are more concerned about the economy in general. However I think we have to play the game to some degree if a conservative party even wants to be electable.

Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown seems open to the idea of carbon pricing which no doubt will enrage many party members. Personally I’m not keen on it myself.

However I think going forward conservatives need to keep an open mind and if forced to take a position then let’s go for the one that might actually make a difference and not simply become a slush fund for tax-and-spend progressive governments.

B.C’s carbon tax comes to mind because it is supposedly revenue neutral to taxpayers.

So in other words, we need a platform to get elected and do the least amount of harm to the economy while perhaps even improving our environment with real, measured results.

Well those are my thoughts. Have at it my friends.

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Related

Brad Wall vows to reject carbon tax he says will cost Saskatchewan $1 billion a year (Financial Post):

Wall said given falling oil prices that are battering the province’s economy, the timing for a carbon tax deal couldn’t be worse. He did, however, leave the door open to a carbon tax sometime in the future.

“We are not saying never. We are saying not now, not for the foreseeable future. The timing is not right,” he said.

And that is how you play the game.

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Endnote

I should probably also add that there are ways to address concern for the environment that don’t necessarily involve putting a price on carbon. Being good stewards of our air and waterways are goals that I believe all Canadians can support.

Posted in Canadian economy, Canadian Politics, climate change, environment | 122 Comments

Emerging from the fetal position

I love this column by John Ivison about Jason Kenney: Jason Kenney’s newfound energy signals that the Tory leadership race has started in earnest.

Ivison focuses on Kenney’s need to recharge after the last election; that he really needed some down time to sort things out:

He refused to take a critic position and has not risen during question period, despite being one of the official Opposition’s most effective offensive weapons. “Jason’s been in the fetal position for months,” said one senior Conservative organizer.

I can identify with that!

But now he’s back:

“I want to talk about the future of the party and what role I can play in it,” he said.

And the encouraging sign is that Jason Kenney has isolated the CPC’s biggest problem – communication:

“The fatal flaw was our tone. It seemed too often the government went out of its way to make enemies, not friends, starting with the media,” he said.

“On identity questions, every public opinion poll demonstrated a super-majority of Canadians supporting the notion that the citizenship oath should be taken openly … So I think we were on the right side of those issues substantively and politically. But when dealing with sensitive issues you have to communicate with great nuance and subtlety. I accept that was not necessarily the case in our campaign.”

I see this as a huge step forward. If we can learn from our mistakes and are ready to make changes then we can move on.

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Update:

Great points here too from Anthony FureyHow to recharge the right in Canada.

Posted in Canadian Politics, CPC | 117 Comments

Way forward for CPC?

In keeping with some suggestions from readers in the previous comment section, I’ve decided to experiment with throwing out a few posts now and then, and let people discuss as they wish.

So that means there will be no fixed topic. I may throw out a suggestion for discussion but it isn’t mandatory to stick to it (which has actually always been my policy).

The only rules are to please stay civil and don’t post anything that might cause some kind of legal concerns. If that happens the comment will be deleted and the author will be either put into the filter or banned altogether.

OK. Here is my thought for the day: Michael Den Tandt feels that the Liberal party has eaten the NDP’s lunch so badly that the Dippers may never recover – Justin Trudeau swings for the fences by continuing to outflank NDP on the left.

This provides a huge opportunity for the Conservative Party in terms of moderating policy, because Trudeau will have to maintain that left-wing stance in order to keep their progressive flank impermeable.

Some on the extreme right would not be pleased about a more Red-Tory approach but it might be time to move in that direction as the party tries to regroup and find a new leader.

Similarly in the Ontario political landscape there is a similar opportunity for Patrick Brown and the Progressive Conservative party, toward which they appear to be moving.

Added to all this is the wild card of a likely electoral change from first-past-the-post. Hard to say what could happen there but my hunch is that any change would favour a more centralist Conservative party rather than a rigid, extreme right-wing one.

That’s my two-cents worth. Now I’ll turn it over to you.

Posted in Canadian Government, Canadian Politics | 100 Comments

Testing the water

This post is intended mainly as a server-changeover test but I do want to throw out a few thoughts on Trudeau’s first 100 days.

No I’m not going to go through a list of things he’s done or not done. This is more about me almost going through a grieving process and still working through the final stages.

I think where I’m at right now is the realization that if we place all of our hope and trust in one human being we are dooming ourselves to disappointment.

You could call that the “acceptance” stage I suppose.

Stephen Harper did his best but he wasn’t perfect and neither is Justin Trudeau. We hope our leaders possess a certain degree of integrity but that isn’t always guaranteed either.

Only God is deserving of our complete faith and trust.

As citizens we have a duty to hold our leaders accountable. That is my eventual goal.

Thanks for listening. Now I’m going to throw a few more things at the TV.

Posted in Federal Election, Federal politics | 43 Comments