Friday, May 23, 2008

Layton Condemns Carbon Taxes, Shocks Suzuki

At an Ottawa homeless shelter, NDP leader Jack Layton had some noteworthy comments on why carbon taxes aren't a good solution for Canada.

"Those advocating a carbon tax suggest that by making the cost of certain things more expensive people will make different choices, but Canada is a cold place and heating your home really isn't a choice," Mr. Layton said. "We shouldn't punish people, and that's what a carbon tax does."

However, Layton does support a cap-and-trade system, sparking this admission from environmentalist Stephen Hazell, executive director of Sierra Club Canada:
"The carbon tax has a huge advantage over cap-and-trade in that it can be put in place very quickly and deliver results very quickly, whereas cap-and-trade, it's taken Europe decades to get that one figured out," he said. "It's just regrettable that he's focusing on the negative."

Yes, Layton has figured out that carbon taxes will immediately impact Canadians for the worse instead of slowly draining their money through cumbersome, bureaucratic, and shifting regulations related to a cap-and-trade system.

For his part, David Suzuki is "shocked" by Layton and the stance of his party. "I thought they had a very progressive environmental outlook...To oppose [the carbon tax plan], it's just nonsense. It's certainly the way we've got to go."



countrytown said...

Carbon taxes.. yet another tax that burdens the low income families through trickle down taxes. Are they brain dead in Ottawa? We aren't as bad off as our neighbours to the South, but they are working on it.

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