Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Rerun Season

It's a slow July news day...Harper hasn't called the by elections yet...so how to fill the political section of newspapers?

Election Speculation!

I must say, the "Dion hints at election" story has been used so many times over the past year, there must be some template laying around where you just plug in a quote, insert the season, and voila! News!


UPDATE: OK, OK, the story has been updated to not only include election speculation...but also by election speculation. And, in the lead, an actually newsworthy bit about Dion pledging to impose tarrifs on countries who don't do enough to control emissions. An interesting idea and a good way to skate around some of the talking but I have a hard time seeing how this would actually work in practice.

8 Comments:

  • somewhere in the middle prarie, David Orchard is laughing!

    By Blogger Chuckercanuck, at 10:35 PM  

  • "Mr. Dion's office said later that countries that have capped industrial emissions of greenhouse gases or who have imposed domestic carbon taxes would be exempt from the Liberal import tax, as would poor nations."

    Who exactly qualifies for this poor nation exemption? All anyone is going to care about is if Dion is going to place an import tax on Chinese imports so he may as well clarify it now rather than wait until the middle of the election.

    Also, how is this tariff going to be structured? How are we going to determine how much GHGs were produced in the manufacturing of an imported good?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:45 AM  

  • China still receives grants from Canada, so I guess they are "poor".

    Dion is always "good" for a laugh.

    He's even funnier than all my former college profs, moreso when he's being serious.

    By Blogger art, at 11:32 AM  

  • I'm pretty sure this would violate NAFTA if you tried to impose it on the Americans - and that's where we'd be hurt the most from a competitiveness standpoint.

    The only other major trader who might get the tarrifs would be China - they couldn't get the "poor country" exemption but do we really want to raise the price of Chineese goods coming into Canada?

    By Anonymous Deb, at 11:32 AM  

  • Deb raises an interesting point. What if we start (re-start? continue?) free-trade talks with the EU, Australia, South American countries, etc...?

    Couldn't they easily come back and say "Hey, you guys are proposing slapping tariffs on our goods because we don't respect certain emissions conditions that you've imposed. Why should we sign any free trade deal with you?"

    By Blogger Mike514, at 12:28 PM  

  • As much as the American "permanent campaign" is annoying, I'll give it one thing:

    an American never, ever has to deal with this crap.

    By Blogger Demosthenes, at 4:08 PM  

  • Actually, I correctly speculated that there would be speculation about an election.l

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