Monday, October 25, 2010

As part of the NDP's always consistent climate change strategy

A new NDP commercial hits the airwaves. In it, Jack Layton complains that Stephen Harper gave a tax break to big polluters...then follows it up with a promise to cut taxes on pollution.

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  • What is the Liberal policy on carbon pricing this week?

    By Blogger A reader, at 10:27 a.m.  

  • I was expecting a libflogger to play the environmental canard. As I more than adequately demonstrated, pricing has very little effect on conservation. And what effect it does have is not achieved until the pricing reaches high levels.

    By Blogger Robert McClelland, at 11:17 a.m.  

  • RM - I'll concede that pricing is unlikely to affect behaviour on something like home heating fuel (which is likely fairly inelastic).

    BUT, it's hypocritical at worst, and ironic at best, for Layton to be criticizing tax cuts for poluters when he's promising a tax cut for poluters.

    And I don't really see what this policy accomplishes. Richer people with larger houses will benefit the most so you can't even argue it from a wealth redistribution angle. And since it won't change behaviour, there's no real social benefit that would occur because of it.

    It's a nice gimmick, but I don't see the logic in bringing a policy that won't actually DO anything that couldn't be accomplished by a corresponding income tax cut.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 11:39 a.m.  

  • Jack Layton is good at standing in front of a green screen and pretending to care about stuff.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:26 p.m.  

  • Someone in the brain trust at NDP HQ better tell Jacko there is no tax on "Home Heating".

    Doesn't make him look to bright when he promises to remove taxes that don't exist.

    Socialist dreams I suppose.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:04 p.m.  

  • Environmental policy is a Catch-22 for a socialist party.

    Pro-environment policies hurt the lower and middle classes. They're the ones proportionally hit the hardest with any increase in cost of heat, energy, transportation, and transported goods, and the ones most vulnerable to any job losses (or job shifts).

    Of course, socialists with the goal of making as many people depending on the government as possible, and for as much as possible, can always increase taxes and social spending to counter the effects of environmental policy. Does that shoe fit the NDP?

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 11:40 a.m.  

  • By Blogger raybanoutlet001, at 11:38 p.m.  

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