MANITOBA ALREADY GREEN
Re: “Province’s green plan ripped as failure,” Oct. 11.
I would like to respectfully disagree with Mark Hudson, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives spokesman, who calls Manitoba’s green plan a failure. Manitoba has been developing hydro dams for over a century, and 99% of Manitoba’s energy supply comes from renewable resources such as hydro, wind and solar. Our renewable resources make us one of the greenest places on the planet and Manitobans will be paying dearly for hydro development for years to come. If other provinces followed Manitoba’s template Canada could indeed lead by example on the world stage. A federal government plan for an east-west power grid could help Canada towards meeting its carbon reduction goals and help Manitoba to export excess electric power, but that would take some effort. Bringing in a carbon tax is easy, but raising gas taxes by 5 cents a litre, as Manitoba’s plan would have done, would have zero effect in changing people’s driving habits. It’s time for some innovative thinking, something
that I would expect from the CCPA and the feds.
BILL PARKES An east-west power grid is a great idea that needs to be explored.