Pro­vide an al­ter­nate plan

The Niagara Falls Review - - Local -

RE: TELL DOUG FORD: A PRICE ON CAR­BON IS AC­TU­ALLY A CON­SER­VA­TIVE IDEA, OCT. 3

When I was a teenager I would at times — OK, fre­quently — buck my par­ents’ house rules. In­stead of en­gag­ing me in end­less ar­gu­ments, they would in­vite me to ta­ble an al­ter­na­tive rule, a bet­ter plan, one that ef­fec­tively ad­dressed both sides’ con­cerns. I hated that but now I see how re­spect­ful they were of my bud­ding abil­ity to think ra­tio­nally and to prob­lem-solve. I thank them for that to­day.

Our col­lec­tive non-par­ti­san prob­lem is that we must lower our green­house gas emis­sions quickly. Canada can only do that prov­ince by prov­ince by ter­ri­tory. Ja­son Ken­ney’s, Doug Ford’s and An­drew Scheer’s re­spon­si­bil­ity is to put on their think­ing caps and ta­ble their ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient plans. It is not to ar­gue emp­ty­handed: this does noth­ing to lower our pol­lu­tion lev­els.

Un­til and un­less they do that their empty ar­gu­ments will get no re­spect from me. It taxes my mind that they would think oth­er­wise.

Ca­role Lavallee

Chelmsford

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