One of the concerns of Canadians coming into this election is climate change. Many Canadians feel that it is an increasingly important issue that must be addressed. But with increased taxes on carbon by the Liberal government, Canadians are stuck between caring about the environment and affording to heat their homes. Many do not feel this is the right course of action.
The Liberals tactic to combat climate change is ‘Tax you to death, then you cant pollute.’ They have no plans to change this strategy and will continue to take money from you while wagging a finger, then turn around and give it to African countries to help ‘them’ cut CO2 levels. They plan to continue to raise carbon pricing while promising funding for green energy companies and adopting technologies at early stages, which would waste millions a year in failed technologies, but they are going to do it ‘responsibly’ Yeah… Ok. Fool me once Shame on me. Fool me twice… well you don’t get a second chance.
The Conservatives are taking a more passive approach to climate change. With policies mainly focusing on tax breaks for green alternatives. Stating on their website:
These new policies will further lower Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen environmental protections – without taking money out of Canadians’ pockets
It is built on three policy principles:
- Green technology, not taxes
- A cleaner and greener natural environment
- Taking our fight against climate change global
You can read about Andrew Scheer’s new Green Transit Tax Credit HERE
The problem with many of these policies are that tax breaks alone have been shown to not influence a decision to switch to public transit or for the consumer to use inefficient green technologies. This plan will likely result in little to no change to the levels of CO2 in our atmosphere.
The NDP plan is a little more progressive but equally as ineffective. Requiring drastic changes forced on private industry. First they want to change all public transport to 100% electric vehicles. This would cost billions. To replace every bus in the country would be a feat similar to what AOC proposed, south of the border, with grounding all airplanes. Its just not possible. Even with government intervention the cost would be too high.
Other parts of the plan intend on increasing the availability and affordability of Electric vehicles as well as ending fossil fuel subsidies and being net carbon free by 2030 by setting targets and ‘holding ourselves to them’ Who does the holding? Do we start policing each other over how much CO2 output we have? I don’t get it. Seems like a lot of wishful thinking without doing any real thinking at all.
Now I am not a climate change denier, I actually think that kind of person is dangerous. I am not a climate change alarmist either, I believe we do need to stop polluting, we do need to change to greener technologies, but its not a crisis where were need to be yelling ‘fire’ in an auditorium. We need to do things in a controlled manner or everything will collapse. Our society, food supply and everything we depend on to live on a daily basis, is much more sensitive to change than our planet. We will not be worrying about climate change if society falls. As humans we have gone through ice ages before, we just need to adapt, adapt our technology, and adapt our life styles.
The Green party, as you would imagine, is filled with ‘alarmism’ and attempts to scare you into voting for their complex and ‘all encompassing’ platform. with statements like:
“Now we have entered the “period of consequences.” The climate emergency, mass extinctions, the plastic waste crisis, the growing gap between rich and poor, an unravelling social safety net, widespread anxiety and depression – these are the by-products of a growth economy that is out of sync with nature and people. “
The website seems to be haphazardly put together in an unorganized manner, listing “Gender and Racial Equality” under “Transitioning To a Green Economy” Quoting Climate alarmist Greta Thunberg, and going on to state that funding pipelines and fossil fuel is not treating climate change like a crisis. The Green Party Platform is even more outlandish than any of the other parties by far. Simplifying the process of the ‘Mission: Possible’ plan as:
“To achieve this, the government of Canada must utilize every tool in the federal toolkit, including regulations, public spending, and pollution pricing. “
The plan includes things like pricing for emission outputs on industries that may stunt growth and send investors south of the border. Ending all new authorizations of fossil fuel drilling or coal mining, while declining existing oil industries and phasing out our national resource ‘bitumen’ by 2030-2035. This would destroy the Alberta economy, put thousands more out of work and eventually cause a nation wide energy crisis. How would I heat my home? Do I need to overhaul my home heating system? I cant afford that. If we stopped oil production we would just be at the mercy of the oil producing countries again. This plan is so out of touch with reality, its not even funny. To think that this party has gained so many people with such an unsustainable plan is mind boggling. All power generated by renewable energy by 2035? Including remote and northern communities who rely on diesel generators. Yeah, I can see them accepting your solar panels that they have to clean off every 5 minutes during the snowfall they get on a daily basis. Massive financing of retrofitting home heating and increasing construction standards to meet zero emission standards by 2030. So basically the Greens plan is to drive the economy into the ground by 2030.
Maxime Bernier has stood against climate change alarmists. Stating “the Liberal government is spending billions of dollars at home and abroad to fight global warming—or “climate change” as it is now called to account for every natural weather event and its opposite.” This stance has taken a lot of criticism from media and politicians alike. Accused of being ‘climate deniers’ the policies actually take into consideration the shared jurisdiction between Provincial and Federal Governments, of air and air pollution, and gives the control of that to the provinces. This, ‘action through inaction’ May prove to be more effective, as provincial governments are more likely to effect real change through environmental policies because of their intimate knowledge of local industries and how changes will affect its residents. Each province is not equal in its output of CO2, and with all fairness, should not be forced into overpaying for any changes that need to take place. A provincial plan to combat climate change just makes sense in a lot of ways. Nova Scotia does not output near as much as Ontario, but under most parties plans, Nova Scotia pays for Ontario’s carbon.
Whatever way you want to look at it, the environment is a big issue in this election. This can be seen by the increase in support of the Green Party. Who typically would be the choice of the environmentalist. I just hope that people who are caring about the environment, can take a real look at each parties policy and can recognize pipe dreams over reality. We do need change, but it needs to be more strategic than reckless. We need to take into account the impact these policies will have on our economy. Remember, you can starve much quicker than climate change will kill you.