Monday, September 17, 2012

Is this yet another Mulcair flip-flop?

As parliament resumes today, apparently the news-of-the-day is that the NDP never advocated for a carbon tax.  In fact, Thomas Mulcair and House Leader Nathan Cullen went so far to say the Conservatives were lying about it!

The NDP response came after Conservative House leader Peter van Loan commented thatIn the last election, Thomas Mulcair campaigned on a platform that had right in it, in black and white, a $21 billion tax hike from carbon."

The NDP’s denial is news indeed, since, right there, in the NDP’s 2011 election platform – in black and white just as Van Loan said – is:

“We will put a price on carbon through a cap-and-trade system, which will establish hard emissions limits for Canada’s biggest polluters to ensure companies pay their environmental bills and to create an incentive for emissions reductions” (p. 12).

Page 13 then speaks of selling “emissions permits,” which, as a simple Wikipedia article can explain, is a central theme of any effort to tax or regulate carbon.

It’s all part of their plan to create a “lower carbon future” (13), so that the NDP would suddenly deny a central tenet of their platform is puzzling.

But wait, where did Van Loan get the $21.5 billion figure? How does he know that number? He probably made it up, right? Nope, the NDP acknowledge their carbon tax will cost Canadians $21.5 Billion between 2011 and 2015 in their own costing document!

Or perhaps this is another Mulcair flip-flop, attempting to reverse an NDP policy from when Jack Layton was still the leader, as with the legalization of marijuana and countless other policies?