Tag: Carbon Tax

Lowered political temperature bodes poorly for warming climate

The sweet sounds of reconciliation between the re-elected Trudeau government and the leaders of the oil-producing provinces, which began immediately after the fall election, are continuing apace. After an earlier meeting in Ottawa with Scott Moe during which he delivered a conciliatory message to the truculent Saskatchewan Premier, Justin Trudeau last week sent his ministers on mollifying missions to the lions’ dens of Calgary, Regina and Edmonton. Very little has come out about the Edmonton tête-à-tête between Jason Kenney and Deputy PM Chrystia Freeland. The news clips, which looked tame enough, were mostly about the now-settled CN Rail strike...

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Houston, on carbon tax you’ve got a credibility problem

The federal carbon tax came into effect in four Canadians provinces on Monday April 1, with choreographed expressions of defiance from the usual sources. Front and centre were members of the “Resistance” – the sardonic (I hope) tag Maclean’s magazine attached to its December cover photo of the five middle-aged male Conservatives fighting the carbon tax. And for Monday’s media events, resistance fighters Andrew Scheer and Jason Kenney were joined by a recruit, New Brunswick’s Blaine Higgs who, like the aforementioned depicted premiers Ford, Pallister and Moe, heads a province subject to the federal levy. Meanwhile in Nova Scotia,...

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With First Ministers like these who needs climate change deniers?

Here’s a question. Who sleeps better at night? Those who deny climate change and therefore feel no need to do anything about it? Or those who mouth warnings about its awful impact, then deal with it in a half-baked way? That’s the poser that hovered as I read through the on-line documents that came out of last week’s First Minister’s meeting on climate change. The Prime Minister and the provincial and territorial leaders issued a communiqué that got the impact part right. The document proclaimed that: “Climate change is indisputable, as are the significant impacts it is having in...

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Slick new emissions deal leaves lots of questions

In a post on Oct. 9 (Why McNeil’s Liberals should embrace carbon pricing but (likely) won’t) I suggested that fancy footwork would be required from the McNeil government to manoeuvre between the rock of higher gas taxes and the hard place of a fight with the Trudeau Liberals over carbon pricing. Last week’s coal plant two-step with federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna rated at least a six out of ten on the Machiavelli shrewdness scale. The provincial Liberals mended fences with their much more popular federal counterparts, kicked the issue of higher energy costs past the next provincial election,...

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RICHARD STARR has had careers as a journalist, public servant, broadcaster, political staffer and freelance policy adviser. He is author of numerous newspaper and magazine articles, appearing in everything from Atlantic Insight to Atlantic Progress. A lifelong student of Maritime history, Starr is married to playwright and former MP Wendy Lill. They live in Dartmouth.

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