Po­lit­i­cal par­ties must work to­gether

The Expositor (Brantford) - - OPINION -

Re: Trudeau car­bon tax lacks vot­ers’ sup­port (Point of view, Oct. 11)

This ar­ti­cle sug­gests PM Justinn Trudeau is not on the side of or­di­nary Cana­di­ans. I ask why are our po­lit­i­cal par­ties not fac­ing our emer­gency to­gether? The re­cent United Na­tions’ IPCC re­port stated that in order to pre­vent catastrophic changes Canada needs to cut its emis­sions al­most in half over the next 12 years. Echo­ing that, On­tario’s En­vi­ron­men­tal Com­mis­sioner stated in her re­cent re­port, Cli­mate Ac­tion in On­tario: What’s Next?, that at cur­rent global green­house gas emis­sion rates, my tod­dler grand­son can ex­pect to face tem­per­a­ture rises in On­tario sim­i­lar to those that ended North Amer­ica’s last ice age, an av­er­age of 4C to 7C. It is no ex­ag­ger­a­tion to claim we are in a plan­e­tary emer­gency and need to act to­gether ac­cord­ingly.

So­lid­i­fy­ing al­liances against the pro­posed car­bon emis­sions back­stop of­fers no bet­ter plan to vot­ers and their fam­i­lies. Where are the bet­ter plans? That is all that is needed. End par­ti­san pol­i­tics. Bring on more use­ful (and more fun) po­lit­i­cal jock­ey­ing for the most ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive plan. Al­liances against the fed­eral plan are no real help for our cli­mate emer­gency.

Ca­role Lavallee Chelms­ford, Ont.

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