Lorrie Goldstein wants our attention today, and I think we should give it to him – Economic kneecapping -Layton’s proposed cap-and-trade scheme is utter madness:
If NDP Leader Jack Layton wins a minority government May 2, supported by the Liberals and Bloc Quebecois, he plans to make Canadians pay a new charge estimated at $21.5 billion over the next four years for the right to emit man-made carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Under Layton’s proposed cap-and-trade plan, this money will be paid by ordinary Canadians in higher retail costs for goods and services, along with job layoffs and lower salaries and benefits for workers.
Layton’s plan is to impose cap-and-trade on us soon after the NDP takes power.
We know this because in outlining his proposal during the election, the NDP estimated it will collect $3.6 billion from cap-and-trade in this fiscal year alone, which started April 1 and ends March 31, 2012…
As Lorrie points out, this could very well cripple our recovering economy; especially if the Obama administration doesn’t follow suit and leaves us in an uncompetitive position.
And make no mistake – Those costs would have to be passed onto the consumer which would be devastating to our trade and make life more difficult for ordinary Canadians.
A NDP-led coalition would have no trouble getting their Junior partners (Libs and Bloc) to support such a scheme because Ignatieff already has it in his platform and the Bloc would be crazy not to go along with it.
Why would Canadians willingly do this to themselves on May 2?
RISE UP and fight this insanity!!
Time is running out.
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CTV ‘Fact check’ – The NDP’s cap-and-trade revenue plan:
Indeed, critics say a cap-and-trade system would take years to set up and would leave taxpayers with a massive bill in the interim.
But Layton shrugged off the attack, saying that he would simply adjust his plan until the system — which would force big polluters to pay up — was implemented.
“If the revenue doesn’t come in quite as fast as projected … then we’ll have to pace the various introductions of programs,” he said Monday at a stop in Saint John, N.B.
He also maintains that he could get his system in place within a year.
On his party’s website, Layton writes: “If revenues from pricing carbon are delayed or are lower than planned, then the investments will also be delayed or will be phased in more slowly than planned.”
However, Layton has not spelled out which programs would in fact be held back.
Dr. Roy has three newspaper endorsements for the Tories. Please let me know if you find others. Thanks.