In the interest of clarification, I thought I would link to the latest Dion quote, wherein he speaks on cap and trade. Sounds reasonable enough:
All the experts are saying you need to do carbon pricing. There are two ways to do carbon pricing: cap and trade or a carbon tax. And I'm still a supporter of a cap and trade, but it will take some years to go there. The western initiative that your premier is now a partner in, they said they cannot start a cap and trade before 2012. Assuming you have an election this year, something I'm not confirming, 2012 is the end of the first mandate. That means it will be very difficult to start something meaningful during the first mandate. I want to start first year, first budget, and the advantage of carbon pricing through the tax system is that you start right now. Many experts are saying it's the best way to go.... And if you start with that, nothing prevents you over the years to build a good cap-and-trade system for the whole of Canada and hopefully with our American friends. And then to bridge it with Europe and to build this world carbon market. Start somewhere, and I suggest the best place to start is with the Green Shift.
So, as the NDP and their supporters present the false choice, it is important to realize that the Liberal plan doesn't require the either/or, it requires the now(carbon tax) and the future(cap and trade) working in tandem, an appreciation of simple practical chronology.