Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Trending tonight: #ScrapTheCrap and #22Minutes

[With thanks to Journo Dale Smith.]

So today Pierre Poilievre was getting lots of media attention due to his ridiculous "threat" of a non-confidence motion -- did he think the NDP would actually want to fight an election this spring? 
Today in the Globe and Mail, journalist Andrew Coyne sums up the situation - On the carbon tax, the Opposition’s cynicism neatly coincides with the public’s:
The Liberals won three elections on a promise of taking action on climate change, which had become equated with the carbon tax. Many people concluded this meant the public wanted action on climate change, and were willing to pay the carbon tax.
But Mr. Poilievre saw through the public. He understood that the public are deeply, almost perversely, hypocritical on this as on most things: they want something done about the climate but they want someone else to pay for it. Or, perhaps: they are prepared to pay for it, if they have to, but they want to be lied to about it.
They want to pretend that a tax that applies only to “the big polluters” would not be passed on to them, or that they would not also pay the costs of whatever regulations and subsidy schemes Mr. Poilievre eventually proposes, if he does. They know it is a lie. They know that nothing is free. They just don’t want to have it rubbed in their faces. Which is more or less the point of a carbon tax.
I'm not sure why Poilievre is so anxious to fight an election -- he's just not ready:


John W said...

Libs. Start fighting back. Drop the rebate argument. Go straight to climate, cost of fires floods, lost crops. A simple slogan will do it. On climate: better to do something even if a partial solution than doing nothing.

Cathie from Canada said...

Thanks, John - yes, I agree we need to fight back!

e.a.f. said...

Agree. The cost of fires is huge. We might want to remind people that carbon contributes to these fires and it costs hundreds of millions to fight them each year. If we didn't have to deal with fire and floods due to all that carbon we might be able to lower taxes or spend the tax money on something we need, like schools, housing, medical facilities.