Ottawa has no right to play dictator when it comes to environmental policy.
When Ontario Premier Doug Ford blew up any thoughts of his province joining in on the Trudeau Liberals’ carbon-tax cash grab, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna all but blew a gasket.
How dare Ford not want to save the world? she undoubtedly thought, as if the newly-elected premier of Canada’s most-populated province was dumping a billion tonnes of plastic straws into the ocean rather than seeing the carbon tax for what it is — which is a solve-nothing picking of Ontarians’ collective pocket.
A new poll by Angus Reid has McKenna’s quest for environmental vainglory failing to attract the kind of backing the government will need if it plans to achieve victory in the 2019 federal election while peddling a forced carbon tax, no matter how progressive and feel-good it might be to a prime minister who loves to strut his enviro-friendly bona fides.
Again, this is not his fault. Justin Trudeau’s good friend and principal secretary, Gerald Butts, is a Class-A tree hugger, having spent a recent four years a president and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund Canada, a global environmental agency so far to the left no middle ground exists.
So, Trudeau, Butts and McKenna are hip-joined.
As McKenna recently tweeted, “Climate change … is the greatest challenge of our time.”
Not war, nuclear proliferation, poverty, pestilence, mental illness and terrorism, but climate change.
When the Liberals’ carbon-pricing plan comes into effect Jan. 1, provinces that the Trudeau crowd deems to be slackers when it comes to a sufficient enviro-plan will be forced into one by their federal masters.
Some two-thirds of Canadians, however, which comprises a rather significant voting bloc considering the usual voter apathy, believe the provinces, not Ottawa, should be determining the appropriate path to reduce carbon emissions.
Doug Ford, on behalf of his Progressive Conservative majority, wants no part of being forced into this corner, and neither does Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe, thus far Ford’s only ally in power.
If Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party wins in the Canadian oilsands capital of Alberta, as it is expected to do in a walk, then the anti-carbon-tax musketeers have their third member.
With numbers come power.
Seven in 10 Canadians (72%), for example, and 88% of the folks in Saskatchewan, believe Moe has every right to take the Trudeau Liberals to court, arguing his province has its own carbon plan and that Ottawa has no right to play dictator when it comes to environmental policy.
The majority of Ontarians, while by slimmer margins (55%), also believe Ford had the right to end the province’s cap-and-trade program adopted by the since-decimated Wynne Liberals who went from a majority at Queen’s Park to one seat shy of the perquisites and money that comes with official party status.
Their junk-yard policies, as well as their fiscal ineptness and love of taxation, relegated them to the landfill for recycling.