It caught us by surprise last week when Justin Trudeau caved in on the carbon pricing on heating oil. It was good to see him get off his high horse for once.
What amused me about the announcement was the Toronto Star ran the story on the front page on top of a special front-page advertisement for Toronto’s Mount Pleasant Group—the management service of the major cemeteries in the city. The copy on the ad said: “Burn the candles. Use the good china. The special occasion is always today!”
I could not think of a more appropriate positioning for Trudeau’s conciliatory offer—or depending how you feel about it, his death-bed repentance.
But what we should hope is that this could this just possibly be the beginnings of an offensive against that pathetic Pierre Poilievre and his lies? PP has been getting away with far too much for too long.
But when the liberals need the entire Atlantic provinces to support them in the next election, the increase in taxes on heating oil was cancelled—until after the election has to be called. The four provinces in the east are needed to offset the solid conservative attitude of Alberta and Saskatchewan.
What the three years mean is that there is obviously a support payment coming down the pike to encourage people to switch to heat pumps for home heating instead of oil. Heat pumps can save a lot of energy and have the advantage that they also mean easy home air conditioning in the summer.
What we should also remember is that the carbon tax is a very important tool to control greenhouse gases. If we are going to save this planet for future generations, we have to drastically reduce the pollution. Wildfires, Tornadoes, Hurricanes and floods are just being sampled today. Mother Nature is just giving us a small taste of what is to come.
And the serious storm that came up so fast, in Acapulco, Mexico the other day was just one more of Mother Nature’s surprises. You would think that events like that would help convince even a jerk like Pierre Poilievre that global warming is serious.
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