Though we’ve been talking about tobacco taxation for decades, it was only in 2008 that “carbon tax” became a commonly heard phrase in Canada.
This wasn’t the first time Harper had invoked the spirit of uncertainty. In his bid for re-election in 2008, Harper urged Canadians not to panic about the economy, as Canada was well-placed to deal with the “period of economic uncertainty.”
These rankings should give pause to any of us who still considers Canada to be a natural and ecological paradise. Even if we ignore our vast tailings ponds, Canada is an environmental delinquent and energy hog.
British Columbia’s Carbon Tax has been getting a lot of media attention in the last few days, and rightly so. While it is not without its skeptics, much of the opposition seems to grow out of a misunderstanding of how the tax works.
These days, Canada seems to be a country of monologues. On complex and multifaceted issues like the environment, or the economy, we are increasingly dividing ourselves along partisan lines, pushing our own agendas, and entirely dismissing any counterarguments, debate, discussion, or dialogue.
Debate over the approval of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline is continuing to polarize Canadians. However the list of unresolved issues and conflicting information means that I’m not even sure what to believe.
It’s been over forty years since Canada became a signatory to the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; this has provided governments at all levels ample opportunity to review legislation and policies in light of their responsibilities.
In her latest column for the Globe & Mail, Ms. Wente blasts the Occupy movement as architects of their own demise. She paints a picture of what she calls the “virtueocracy”, a generation of graduates who pursued degrees in sociology, environmental law, or (heaven forbid) human rights and are upset that there’s no work to be had.
With a solid majority government, the Tories now will be able to stack the committee hearings with their own witnesses, who will surely say that the registry is not useful, and punishes ordinary Canadians.
It was a privilege to see the man speak, and it was a privilege to have him make such an impact on our country.