HARPER LIES - CONSERVATIVES LIE!
A rough guide to the Conservatives’ carbon tax farce
By Aaron Wherry
"In December 2009, the Harper government claimed to be “working in collaboration with the provinces and territories to develop a cap and trade system that will ultimately be aligned with the emerging cap and trade program in the United States.”
During the 2011 election, the Conservatives decided they opposed cap-and-trade. But what’s more, the Conservatives decided that cap-and-trade and a carbon tax were the same thing. And they have maintained this stance in attacking the NDP. Any attempt to establish a price on carbon, Conservative MP John Williamson informed the House of Commons on Monday, is a tax on carbon. Here then is part two of the farce. Because while the Conservatives were proposing cap-and-trade in 2008, they were loudly opposing Stephane Dion’s proposal for a carbon tax. If cap-and-trade is the same thing as a carbon tax, then the Conservatives were both proposing and opposing a carbon tax in 2008."
The parrot is not just resting
by Dan Gardner
"Stephen Harper must be a colossal Monty Python fan because his government spent the past week re-enacting this skit, with NDP leader Tom Mulcair playing the part of the hapless customer and the prime minister and his caucus taking turns as the shifty-eyed clerk. Over and over the Conservatives thunderously insisted that the nation would suffer economic devastation if the NDP were to enact its “job-killing carbon tax.” Which was odd. Because, as you may recall, the NDP did not win the 2011 election. The Conservatives did. And after a year-and-a-half of Conservative rule, the government’s agenda is looking sparse.
One would think that following the long summer break the resumption of Parliament this week would be a good time for the government to discuss its plans for the future. But, no. Instead, the Conservatives launched a full-scale public relations blitz against an old NDP proposal, as if the NDP were the government and only the plucky Conservative Opposition could stop it from destroying life as we know it. Like I said, odd. But that’s the least of the weirdness. The NDP does not support a carbon tax. It never has. In fact, in the 2008 campaign, when the Liberals under Stéphane Dion really did propose a carbon tax, the NDP under Jack Layton explicitly opposed the idea.
Case of the Conservatives’ carbon amnesia
by Jeffrey Simpson
"The Conservative Party’s attack machine, with its television ads, canned speeches and pre-written scripts, has always been constructed on exaggeration tinged with mendacity. To this, since Parliament resumed, can now be added flagrant hypocrisy, since the machine and its mouthpieces, Conservative MPs, are attacking with customary vehemence the very policy on which they once campaigned.
In 2008, the Conservative platform promised to “develop and implement a North American-wide cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gases and air pollution, with implementation to occur between 2012 and 2015.” Now, however, the Conservative attack machine denounces a cap-and-trade system, as conceptually proposed by the NDP, as a “carbon tax,” a job killer “that will increase the price on everything.”
Conservative Party deliberately repeatedly attempted to mislead the people of Canada
THUNDER BAY – Leaders Ledger – This week Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada deliberately repeatedly attempted to mislead the people of Canada about the policies of Tom Mulcair and the New Democratic Party of Canada. Specifically, the Conservatives repeatedly made the claim that Canada’s New Democrats support a carbon-tax and would implement one if we were elected to govern. This is categorically false and they know it. New Democrats support a carbon-tax no more than the Conservatives and we can prove it.
Here are just some examples of what New Democrats have actually said about the prospect of implementing a federal carbon-tax or a cap-and-trade system.
-Conservatives Love To Lie About Carbon Taxes - New Democrats