Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:01

A chance to send a message on Oct. 24

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If ever the electorate needed a reminder that it’s important to get out and vote, they got one recently from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Trudeau promised during the federal election campaign to work with provinces and listen to their concerns and respect their jurisdiction. During the Globe and Mail leaders’ debate he described imposing a carbon tax on any province as “nonsensical.” Fast forward eight months and apparently to Trudeau nonsense makes sense.
As provincial environment ministers met with Trudeau’s environment minister to discuss the issue of climate change and negotiate a way forward, Trudeau stood in the House of Commons and proclaimed a carbon tax would be imposed on the provinces. So what happened to working with the provinces? What happened to provincial jurisdiction? What happened to respect? The actions of Trudeau so angered the provincial ministers that three walked out of the meeting muttering words like “betrayal” and “sledgehammer.”
One provincial minister called it “a bad day for federal-provincial relations.” Liberal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna called the meeting a success. This would be true, if angering and disrespecting the provinces, while treading all over their jurisdiction is your goal. Trudeau’s approach and willingness to disrespect the provinces, particularly the western ones, seem to be an inherited trait. He truly is his father’s son.
Trudeau’s response to the climate change issue is knee-jerk at best and mean-spirited at worst. Canada’s overall contribution to the world’s green house gas emissions is paltry on the grand scheme of things. Yet here we have a prime minister willing to do great damage to our national interest, our economy and the well-being of Canadians just so he can proclaim us an example of environmental stewardship, even though his plan will do little to change our planet’s emission levels.
As an example gas will rise 11 cents per litre under Trudeau’s carbon tax, making all goods that require any form of transportation in their market accessibility or manufacturing more expensive.
Unfortunately, here in Alberta, we don’t have Peter Lougheed sitting at the negotiating table fighting for the rights of the provinces against an overreaching Trudeau, as he did in the early 1980s, but we do have strong, resilient Conservative MPs in Alberta and beyond and a principled local candidate in Glen Motz.
The voters in the riding of Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner have an opportunity to send Trudeau a message on Oct. 24. This message will speak louder than the words of Trudeau, his environment minister or the Liberal caucus. I call on the voters of this riding to send that message.
Jim Taylor, Medicine Hat

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