Denley: With pragmatic new climate change plan, Ontario offers antidote to eco-hysteria

By Randall Denley, Ottawa Citizen, November 30, 2018

The climate change plan Ontario Environment Minister Rod Phillips released Thursday is a pragmatic document, both politically and environmentally.

The federal and Ontario governments are engaged in a climate change chess game that has more to do with winning elections than with saving the planet. Premier Doug Ford was propelled into office partly because he opposed a carbon tax. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hopes to win next year’s federal election because he is a carbon tax champion.

Until this week, the chess board favoured Trudeau. He could legitimately say the Ontario government had no plan to help meet Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions targets. What else could he do but impose a carbon tax? The very future of the planet is at stake.

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