Harper government announces new willingness to freely comment on environmental policy in other countries

A love letter to Australia


Because the mandate of the Prime Minister includes Australian environmental policy, Mr. Harper’s parliamentary secretary, Paul Calandra, issued the following statement yesterday evening.

“Canada applauds the decision by Prime Minister Abbott to introduce legislation to repeal Australia’s carbon tax. The Australian Prime Minister’s decision will be noticed around the world and sends an important message.

“Our government knows that carbon taxes raise the price of everything, including gas, groceries, and electricity. Prime Minister Abbott has said that, in Australia, the repeal of the carbon tax will reduce the average household’s cost of living by (in Australian dollars) $550 a year, take $200 off household power bills and $70 off gas bills.

“Our government has reduced greenhouse gas emissions while protecting and creating Canadians jobs – greenhouse gas emissions are down since 2006, and we’ve created 1 million net new jobs since the recession – and we have done this without penalising Canadian families with a carbon tax.”

In its next statement on Australian environmental policy, the Harper government can be expected to assess whether Mr. Abbott’s alternative plan for emissions reductions makes sense.


Harper government announces new willingness to freely comment on environmental policy in other countries

  1. No more inappropriate than Canadian journalists refusing to report on Justin Trudeau’s enthusiasm for carbon taxes. Because we all know how well received that was last time.

    You know, when a conservative even thinks about abortion it’s a front page story. Why is Trudeau’s willingness to go back to proposing such a detested policy not getting any coverage?

    Since he likes marijuana so much, maybe he could re-use the term “green shift”

    • Tell us how well it was received, john.

      I’m pretty sure over 60% of voters in that election voted for parties that were promising to price emissions.

  2. ‘Look what the other guys did’ is now the watchword of Harper Cons….whether it’s Libs, or Dips or the Greeks or now the Aussies…..it’s all used to show that Canada doesn’t lead anymore….we’re just hewers of wood, drawers of water….and now followers.

  3. Complementing a foreign government for a specific policy is grounds to get you criticized from Liberals.

    Complementing the Chinese government for their very effective dictatorship will Liberals running in circles trying to explain it away as a “joke” or some brilliant shot at Harper.

    Got it. Thanks balanced and fair media!

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