Green putsch fails in Canada: back door slams shut on Dion, May

Liberal leader Stéphane Dion told his prospective coalition partners, or maybe they told him, that the Green Shift would not be part of the coalition government’s policies. Interestingly, in his televised address on the evening of December 4, Dion mentioned that the Green Party supports the coalition. The book Hot Air was visible in the bookcase over Dion’s shoulder. Hot Air was co-authored by SFU professor Mark Jaccard, who, as I noted last week, also authored the British Columbia carbon tax.

The hallmark policy in the Green Shift was a $10-per-tonne carbon tax.  

If the Green Shift, and all vestiges of it, were to be absent from the coalition’s policies, then why did Dion even mention the Green Party in his address? The Greens’ support is irrelevant to the current Parliamentary maneuvering—they don’t have any federal seats. Green leader Elizabeth May’s speculation that she could become the coalition’s environment minister via a Senate appointment seemed crazy when she first floated it. But a former Green insider tells me he suspects a Senate appointment for May has been in the cards since Dion and May agreed not to run candidates in each other’s ridings.

If this is true, then Dion’s address, which many have laughed off as amateurish, could have been injected with deliberate symbolism. Having told his coalition partners in the NDP and Bloc that the Green Shift was out, Dion might have been telling those in the know that it was very much in.

Surely I am not the only one who noticed this. Liberals who wish there never was a Green Shift (i.e., all of them) cannot have failed to notice. Dion’s attempted green putsch, not the lousy production values in his video address, is why he will likely be ousted as Opposition Leader before May 2009.

1 comment for “Green putsch fails in Canada: back door slams shut on Dion, May

  1. December 6, 2008 at 18:59

    Wow, May in the Senate – that was new to me – dont know whether to laugh or cry.

    The idea of taxing bad things still has me perplexed. Like, perhaps we should tax crime. I am sure that will make everyone brush up on their morals. Wild times indeed.

    I would like us to put up an inflatable dome over each Canadian city. We could use nuclear reactors to generate the heat that keeps such a dome suspended, and we could have comfortable urban living all year round. The tourist dollars associated with this would pay for it. I have discussed this idea with about twenty people – everyone rejects it totally. One has to wonder how we ever made any progress at all up to now.

    I hope Dion keeps things exciting. What a paradox – Canada’s worst politician has issued in the most memorable week in politics ever.

    I seems to me that building new nuclear plants is an excellent way to keep people employed, much better than having them work on cars that no one wants. Ontario with domed cities, electric cars, nuclear power, and much reduced carbon dioxide emissions – would that not be a happy place? Or is everyone allergic to happiness these days?

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