Political parties must work together
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.