Blaine Calkins offers a selective reading of Jack Mintz

by Aaron Wherry

Conservative MP Blaine Calkins rose before Question Period this afternoon with the following.

Mr. Speaker, from a young age we learn that there are consequences for our actions. But the Leader of the Opposition and his party fail to recognize the consequences of their $21 billion carbon tax scheme. Just listen to what economist Jack Mintz has to say: “I find it very irritating that parties might propose carbon policies without being honest with respect to their consequences for consumer prices or jobs. The NDP platform last election was a case in point.” This is exactly what our government has been communicating to Canadians, a point that the NDP would rather Canadians not know.

If that quote of Mr. Mintz seems familiar somehow, it might be because those exact same words appeared here 17 days ago. Except that in that case those two sentences were followed by a third sentence (emphasis mine).

Finally, I find it very irritating that parties might propose carbon policies without being honest with respect to their consequences for consumer prices or jobs. The NDP platform last election was a case in point. But so are current regulations and feed-in tariffs that are less optimally structured and have consequences that should be understood by voters.

It is probably also necessary to note that Mr. Mintz believes a carbon tax is the best policy in this regard.

See previously: Royal Galipeau has an oddly selective memory and Leon Benoit defers to the authority of Stephen Gordon




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Blaine Calkins offers a selective reading of Jack Mintz

  1. How does this work then? Do they really get handed this stuff by some pimply faced yobbo from the PMO, or do they do their own incompetent cutting and pasting? Is it incompetence? Or Is there even the remote possibility that the trained seals in question are really that stupid after all? There’s a pattern now, so it’s to be assumed that mere stupidity can be ruled out – at least as far as deletion of full context goes. Contempt for the public is a given.
    Really, this is kinder garden stuff. What’s next? Changing docs by inserting “nots” into them, calling people up and telling them their mp is retiring[ when he isn't] or their polling booth is moving to Goose bay? Even i thought these guys might one day mature. If anything they’re getting worse.

  2. Today’s carbon lesson: Never mintz words.

    • Not ALL of them anyway.

      It’s the new political paradigm in Canadian politics – you get to pick which words, phrases and meanings you like and simply ignore the rest.

      It nicely complements the pre- existing successful formats…mischaracterize if you can and misrepresent if you simply must.

  3. The Tories have implemented a $20 billion carbon tax, see my earlier post. Their dangerous taxes that impact the price of everything will surely bring about the downfall of our economy.

    Am I being disingenuous? No more than Blaine Calkins.

  4. Conservatives lie, it’s what they do
    They lie to me, they lie to you
    They lie about who’s proposing what tax
    Pulling quotes from out of their…behinds

    Seriously, how Conservatives must laugh at the people who vote for them and give them $.

  5. I honestly think that these bobbleheads don’t realize that they are misquoting people like Mintz. They are handed a script from the short-pantsers and dutifully read it without question or curiousity. Of course, the short-pantsers writing the scripts know they are misquoting Mintz, and probably giggle about it into their energy drinks in between reloading Halo 4 (no offense to Halo 4 players intended). To them, crafting lies is just a fun game.

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