"In this case, you have a policy that is widely praised, by people that know something about the subject. It fits a narrative of him, as sort of the principled guy who take stands that aren't necessarily popular, but right for the country...It gets it off him, it gets it on to policy, it gets him on his preferred narrative. And, finally it gets a clear distinction with the Conservatives, because they will not go there, there not going to minimize their differences, as they so often do. Even the NDP has criticized this, so the Liberals will own this issue"
"Is this the hail mary pass Allan?"
"Well, it's certainly his best chance of winning the next election... By actually inviting controversy, by adopting something that is clearly going to engage a wide level of debate, he is certainly making it a ballot box issue... And, he's also trying to consolidate the center-left, which is now split. He's lost whatever advantage he had initially on the environment, so it is a high risk strategy, but I think it has the potential to have a high reward."
"I think there is a real opportunity for the Liberals on this issue, and frankly the public, both citizens and business, is about a hundred miles ahead of government on this issue. If you look internationally, many countries on the world already are pricing carbon in their economy somewhere...we're falling behind on this, and we are going to actually PAY for this, if we don't get our act together... The difficulty, can you explain it? But, what they might have going for them here, there seems to be a change in politics, in which ideas might have more importance."
"We've talked before, how the Conservatives have been so adept at luring the Liberals into a trap, Afghanistan, citing Quebec as a nation... This may be an instance where the Liberals are luring the Conservatives, they want to make it a ballot issue... if they can get the Conservatives to come out and fight on their terrain, it will become a ballot issue and they will become competitive."
Food for thought.