MAN­I­TOBA AL­READY GREEN

Winnipeg Sun - - COMMENT -

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.

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