Dion's plan doesn't have any actual targets and won't reduce emissions.
This attack line is uttered with increasing frequency, and the unsubstantiated logic is echoed by the leadership:
'So does it worry you to see Environmentalists say that it's a good plan?' , to which Mulcair replies, 'Well I haven't heard one single person say it's a good plan.'
Lots of TALK about an "honest debate", but when you keep seeing stuff like "Firm that helps the environment to sue Liberals over plan that doesn’t", you have to wonder. I mean, to actually argue that the Liberal plan does nothing for the environment is almost Rovian in its complete intellectual dishonesty.
I took me about 8 minutes to compile a few quotes, which includes some of the most respected experts in Canada. See, if you are to believe the NDP, all these people have been duped, the Liberal plan does NOTHING. Still waiting for that "honest debate":
Pierre Sadik – Policy Advisor, David Suzuki Foundation
“Well, it seems to be a solid plan. It's relatively straightforward, but it looks like it will cut greenhouse gas emissions quite effectively, and in that regard, it probably represents the kind of federal leadership on climate change that's been missing with this government and quite frankly with the last government as well. So what I find quite attractive about the plan is that it's broad based, it covers 75 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in the country and perhaps even more importantly, it's going to get us going really quickly, unlike a cap-and-trade system, a tax can be up and running in a matter of months.”
Environmentalist Stephen Hazell, executive director of Sierra Club Canada, said Mr. Layton's comments are regrettable because a strong climate-change plan would include cap-and-trade measures as well as carbon taxes.
"The carbon tax has a huge advantage over cap-and-trade in that it can be put in place very quickly and deliver results very quickly, whereas cap-and-trade, it's taken Europe decades to get that one figured out," he said. "It's just regrettable that he's focusing on the negative."
"If it's implemented, I can see this plan making a tangible difference because it puts the machinery in place to reduce greenhouse gases," said Aaron Freeman, the policy director for Environmental Defence.
Graham Saul, the executive director of Climate Action Network Canada.
"Putting a price on carbon will encourage conservation. So this is going to move us in the right direction in terms of sending the right signals."
John Bennett – Executive Director, ClimateforChange.ca
“It's definitely an important part of what we need to do to combat the climate crisis, and it's great to see that we have a political party willing to put front and centre the climate change problem in its campaign proposals for the next election.“
There was a similar positive response from the environmental group Équiterre.
"It's the type of policy that we would support," said Équiterre executive director Sidney Ribaux. "What they are proposing is close to what a lot of environmentalists are proposing."
Ribaux welcomed in particular Dion's idea of a "green fiscal reform," which would tax polluters but spare low- and middle-class Canadians of steep tax increases.
"That is socially responsible," Ribaux said.
Arthur Sandborn – Quebec Climate and Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace
“Mr. Dion has gone one step further, maybe than even (New Democratic Party leader) Jack Layton's cap-and-trade thing.”
Mr. Dion's proposed carbon tax is a good example of the kind of policy Canada needs to fight climate change…” - Marlo Raynolds – Executive Director, Pembina Institute
Doug Porter – Deputy Chief Economist, BMO Capital Markets
“Carbon taxes are not a bad way to go in addressing global warming…I think most economists would probably be generally favourable to them. It's about as efficient a way as is out there.”
"This Liberal tax grab called `Green Shift,' if it is fully implemented, Saskatchewan people will get the green shaft," said Saskatchewan Energy Minister Bill Boyd.
"We're going to see tremendous impact on the province of Saskatchewan and it will be a very, very negative impact."
Alberta Finance Minister Iris Evans said the Liberal plan would cripple Alberta, while being less punitive for central Canada where millions of vehicles also create emissions.
"Clearly, Alberta has some very large emitters in the oilsands," she said. "What it says to them is that they will be penalized."
"I've never met one (economist) who disagrees (with a carbon tax). They used to disagree with it because they didn't think that the climate risk was serious, and those days seem to be over," said Jaccard. "All the economists who used to sit on the sidelines, while those of us were out there, explaining what you needed to do for the last two decades, seem to be jumping in very rapidly now."
Won't reduce emissions? You want to debate which policy is better, FINE, you want to keep promoting complete falsehoods, then I think it says more about the messenger than the message. The NDP have jumped the shark.