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Blaine Calkins offers a selective reading of Jack Mintz

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