Annotating Eve Adams

The Conservative MP for Mississauga-Brampton South stood before Question Period to lament the NDP’s support for cap-and-trade.

Mr. Speaker, I had the great pleasure of meeting with my constituents and neighbours last week in Mississauga and hearing about their extreme opposition to the NDP’s $21 billion carbon tax, a tax which won a new friend and a new foe last week. The new foe is President Barack Obama’s administration, whose press secretary told reporters that: “We would never propose a carbon tax and have no intention of proposing one. Our focus right now is on economic growth and job creation.”

That much is true. President Obama’s press secretary did say those words. But cap-and-trade is what the NDP has proposed. And President Obama previously proposed a cap-and-trade system. The use of the word “would” probably requires further explanation, but it could be read to suggest that the Obama administration still recognizes a distinction between cap-and-trade and a carbon tax. (A distinction the Conservatives no longer acknowledge.)

This is good news for middle class families, but the carbon tax does have at least one new supporter: Exxon, the gas station company. While NDP members align themselves with big oil, Conservatives will continue aligning themselves with families, and fighting for middle class families. The NDP’s Exxon-backed $21 billion carbon tax: our money; their pockets.

Here is the real trouble. Exxon does indeed support a carbon tax. But Exxon expressly supports a carbon tax over the alternative of cap-and-trade. The company actually lobbied against cap-and-trade when it was being considered in Washington three years ago. So Exxon and the NDP actually have opposite positions: Exxon has voiced for support for a carbon tax and actively opposed cap-and-trade, while the NDP has proposed cap-and-trade and rejected a carbon tax.




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Annotating Eve Adams

  1. Cap and Trade is a carbon tax.

  2. Exxon supports a carbon tax, because it is net short oil. It has more refining capacity world wide than oil production. It’s production and reserve sharing agreements with state oil companies around the world sees Exxon’s share go down as the price of oil goes up.

    Wall Street banksters and plutocrats support cap-n-trade because it gives them a new sneaky way to collect rents on the productive part of the economy, and raise taxes on Main Street that don’t go to Washington to help reduce the deficit, but go to the 1% so they can get even more 1%.

  3. Shut up and believe what we tell you to believe, Canada! – Harper’s CPC

  4. So the Conservative Party (as in the Conservative Party of Canada, as in The Tories, as in ‘The Conservatives’) is lamenting that the NDP has aligned itself with large oil corporations?

    I love politics. Once every 10 days or so, some politician says something that just drops my jaw.

    • Actually worse, the NDP is siding with Wall Street banksters and plutocrats who want cap-n-trade so they can game the system (like they did with mortgages) and prey upon the productive sectors of the economy and main street.

      See how the banksters and plutocrats in Europe are wailing about the collapse of their cap-n-trade scheme to rip off their citizens. The price of carbon in Europe is now less than 50% of the price of carbon in Alberta. Obama’s blue state coal is making a grand European comeback.

      Exxon prefers a carbon tax in the form of a set price for carbon rather than cap-n-trade.

      • Ha ha ha ha ha ha … HA! The NDP is on the side of Wall Street and plutocrats … ha ha ha ha ha … oh ya, that’s it, Stevie never plays with bankers … ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha … This cut and pasting of Con talking points is really not working for you …

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