Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Apparently the only plan Baird, can come up with to meet Kyoto is a tax grab at the pumps

What is it with these Tories. Tax grab, tax grab, tax grab and always at the gas pumps! That's all I ever hear coming out their mouths lately. I even think I heard them talking it up on the radio the other day.

Well excuse me John, if that's the best you've got, I think I like the sound of Stephane's plan better.

In an interview with the CBC, following the first day of the Federal Court case against the government for failing to comply with the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act (KPIA) passed in Parliament last year, Baird said:
"We'll follow the letter of the law, and we'll make our case in court. But simply put … this bill, if taken to its logical conclusion, would require us to put a 50-cent-a-litre tax on gasoline at the pumps," "And that's just not something I'm prepared to do."
Well which is it John, are you not prepared to follow the letter of law and meet the Kyoto commitments of reducing carbon dioxide by 6% below the 1990 levels and submit timely, scheduled reports as enacted by KPIA. 

Or are you not willing to place an additional tax.

I would assume that you would not want to defy the will of Parliament and break the laws of Canada by not putting forth a plan to meet the Kyoto commitment.  

I know it is confusing, so let me help you out here John.
I would suggest that you pay close attention to Stephane Dion on Thursday, as he starts to present the Liberals green plan. It supposedly contains a "carbon tax" that actually won't apply additional taxes to fuel used for transportation.
All I can add is THINK GREEN John, THINK GREEN!

CORRECTION: In a previous post explaining the Friends of the Earth, KPIA case here, I gave credit to Paul Martin for the Liberal Private Members Bill that became law last year. (probably part of my new found appreciation for him). Well in reality the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act was sponsored by Liberal Pablo Rodriguez. That is his picture on the left, being congratulated at the passing of the bill into law.

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