Scrumalicious! (Make up your own title.)


1:09:56 PM
Okay, this is trickier than liveblogging a speech; we’re huddled outside the conference room—about a half dozen reporters, plus camera crew—and Layton just finished a recap of his feelings on the carbon tax (he’s not a fan, still) and has now moved onto Ian Brodie.

He thinks the report should be released as soon as possible, and he’s entirely displeased at the thought of yet another Mike Harris refugee washing up on the shores of Parliament Hill. He—Harris, that is—did terrible things to Ontario, and women, and children, and possibly puppies!

1:12:20 PM
Back to Brodie, and this time, in English: the NDP wants the report on the leak to come out now; names should be named, and consequences… quantified. Or qualified.

1:13:19 PM
A tricky question on carbon taxes vs. polluter pay/cap and trade: won’t it just increase costs for consumers? No; no, it won’t. Not if money goes into green solutions—and if the big polluters actually pay. Some of the costs may trickle down, he allows, but these are companies making “superprofits,” what with the price of gas, so their “superprofiteering” should help them pay the increased costs.

1:15:25 PM
And… back to ObamaNAFTAThingIWon’tCallGateAndYouCan’tMakeMe. Did it damage Canada-US relations? Well, it didn’t help—but Layton isn’t willing to tie Brodie’s departure directly to the leak as yet. It’s just all very curious.

1:16:59 PM
How does he react to the criticism from David Suzuki, who backs the idea of a carbon tax? Wisely, Layton doesn’t make the mistake of attacking Canada’s Little Green Giant of Environmentalism; he points to the various measures that the NDP has brought in over the last session, in private members’ bill form, and takes on the PM’s comments about gas prices, and how government can’t really do anything about it. “He’s done nothing to stop the subsidization of these gougers,” he fumes.

1:18:48 PM
Last question: Does Layton believe that any climate change plan ought not to cause economic pain for Canadians? Well, climate change is already causing pain, he points out—look at the forestry sector. But the pain should first be felt by the corporate polluters. The so-called revenue neutral approach, he notes, would leave no money for any solutions. It’s shuffling the deck chairs.

And that’s it! My first liveblogged scrum. I think this BlackBerry is going to work out just fine.


Scrumalicious! (Make up your own title.)

  1. Elizabeth Thompson has an interesting post on this Brodie thing.

    Layton….hmmmm – Suzuki used to side with Layton and now he’s criticized him – Suzuki likes the Dion plan and pointed out how well it’s done in those other ‘socialist’ countries like Sweden, which reminds me – those other “socialist” countries give corporate tax breaks.

  2. Make up my own title? Alright, I’ll give it a shot:

    “Dealing with pollution, one (Lay)ton at a time.”

  3. Lights, camera, action and fluff up my moustache – I’m a star for a few minutes:

    Introducing Jack Layton – star wannabe

  4. So… with your new Curve are you now live-liveblogging or are you still reliant on your friends at OMP to repost?

    Oh… and did you get the model with the GPS? It’s cool. Plug in a 2Gig MicroFlash and you’ve got yourself a handy-dandy voice recorder with a superb microphone that can record hours of committee hearings at a time!

  5. I think by now there would be a small trickle of blood running out my right ear, down my neck and toward my collar. And my eyes would have exploded. But I wouldn’t have noticed because I’d be in a coma.
    Have fun.

  6. I didn’t know it was let’s all make fun of Layton day, but he does have a point buried in his pandering.

    What of his complaint that Canadian governments continue to subsidize the oil and gas industry while they make huge profits off speculation? If you can’t make money looking for $132 per barrel oil wihtout subsidies, then I think you need to reconsider your vocation.

    Why is it that, after more than 15 years of Kyoto talk by Liberals and Conservatives we STILL don’t have a plan to regulate greenhouse gas emissions by large emitters?

    Why, given that huge amounts of ghg’s are generated in the production of said oil and gas, some of it preventable with good management, do we pretend that it’s only consumers that are in the driver’s seat and that need to change their behaviour?

    Personally, I favour strategies for both indsutry and consuemrs, but I’d like to see some more carrots for consumers and a big stick for industry which has proven it is unable to invest in ghg reductions voluntarily.

    So, yeah, I’m critical of Layton’s pandering, just like I was critical of Alberta’s energy rebate, because it wasn’t tied to conservation in any way, but I’m not joining the moustache critics because he has a point that isn’t being addressed by the other parties.

  7. Well, for the record, I am a Layton supporter. My suggested title above was just a little fun.

    In the military they have a motto, “Deeds not words”. Wouldn’t it be lovely if that were the motto for a political party too? So far PM Harper has talked a good game, and I give him props for getting the ball rolling with his Clean Air Act, but then of course he killed it after that horrible “tyranny of the majority” took over, those big meanies. I’ve always found that concept itself a little confusing, given that a democracy is founded on the will of the majority.

    Specifically regarding Dion’s plan, it’s hard to comment on it given that (I don’t believe) it’s been released yet. However, generally speaking I’d support any first step here.

    The biggest problem with all these plans is that there never seems to be a way to prevent the added costs from being passed down to the consumers. I’m sure whatever legislation is passed, the big oil and gas companies will continue to pass the (*ahem*) ‘savings’ onto consumers. ;)

  8. I am learning to love the NewBerry, although I still miss my trackwheel. Bring back the trackwheel!

  9. Sorry to be non political. But yay for a new blackberry! Hot all your old contacts transferred yet? ;) that was the hardest part for me.

  10. That was the easy part, thanks to the magical RIM desktop manager thingy, but I still don’t see why PINs can’t be attached to the SIM card, and not the device — it’s such a pain, because now I have to re-collect everyone’s magical digits. (If you’re among the everyone to which I refer, please email me yours — just type mypin on the berry and shmywaah! There it is!)

  11. Shouldn’t it be, you know… scrum-tious?

    (Insert Strangelove-esque trying-to-stop-my-hand-from-strangling-myself here)

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