BTC: When there’s nothing left to lose


Onward. The Prime Minister is, by now, safely returned to the capital and Mr. Dion begins his tour today with town halls in Bradford and Oakville. There are four events scheduled in Toronto on Thursday, a town hall in Toronto on Friday and then visits to Cambridge and Guelph. By my count, his itinerary includes no less than six mentions of media availability. 

It’s tempting to see these next few days—and especially tonight’s big show in Oakville—as pivotal for the Liberal leader. But then every day for Mr. Dion seems to be pivotal. Which is to say, perhaps more accurately, precarious. Most remarkable, if these town halls are as billed, is that he seems now to be reveling in the precariousness, basking in the assumed hopelessness of his task.

(We’ll check in with an early word after Bradford.)

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BTC: When there’s nothing left to lose

  1. The Liberal Green Shift: $10 billion annually away from big oil.
    The Conservative green Infrastructure Fund: $1 billion annually for green projects.
    The difference to our children: priceless.

  2. Liberal green shift = $15 billion in increased costs of everything we buy. It’s worse than a sales tax since it will apply to necessities like food which are tranported using diesel fuel. The poor and elderly will be hit the hardest by this ridiculous tax. The conservatives tried to introduce a real environmental bill to reduce real pollution that actually harms people today, but the opposition shot it down because it involved something other than the Kyoto scam. And Dion’s ‘town hall’ meetings are another scam where only members of the party are allowed to ask scripted questions. What a joke

  3. If we’re serious, carbon emmisions have a price. Anything less is lip service.

  4. Geiseric: true. If Harper the Economist were to “do something” about the environment, it would probably look a lot like Dion’s proposed tax. However, politically it’s likely to be very unpopular. The tempest this summer in BC was quite informative. Even if it’s truly “revenue neutral” it’s hard to convince people otherwise.

    On the other hand, politically this is more likely to play as a policy to finally get those rich Western bastards in the wallet and safely store their cash away in Southern Ontario and Quebec ridings, where it belongs. It worked for Trudeau, but the fallout was 30 years of animosity.

    Seriously, Canada is not going to live up to its Kyoto commitments and it never was going to. Does that make George Bush smarter and more honest than his Canadian counterparts at the time? Same goes for Europe by the way.

    Anyhow deforestation for agricultural purposes causes more greenhouse emissions than a carbon tax would remove. How about some governments that stand up against the insane farm subsidies that have caused food prices to reach their highest levels since 1945?

  5. The energy taxes will lower income taxes, so we’ll see the difference each time we get our paycheque. Gosh, so complicated…NOT!

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