Today's letters: The Venezuelan crisis, and flood lessons

By Donna Rutherford Archer and others, Ottawa Citizen Letters to the Editor, May 4, 2019

(...)Ontario government doesn’t get it

Re: Despite Floods, Ford not engaged on climate change, May 1.

Mohammed Adam’s column is right on. Provincial money to the conservation authorities charged with flood management is being cut in half. “Strangely,” Adam writes, “Natural Resources Minister and MPP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke John Yakabuski is toeing the government line and defending the cuts.”

(...)All parties must work together on climate

Re: One lesson from the floods – Liberals and Tories must work together on climate change, April 30.

Randall Denley seems to forget that there are three other national political parties: the NDP, the Green Party and the People’s Party. It is rather presumptuous to suggest that only the Liberals and Conservatives need to work together on a climate plan, particularly when the Conservatives have yet to release their proposal.

(...)It’s a carbon fee, not a tax

Randall Denley has written another column perpetuating the claim that the price on pollution/carbon is a tax. Most definitions of tax suggest  “… a mandatory financial charge or some other type of levy imposed upon a taxpayer by a governmental organization in order to fund various public expenditures” (Wikipedia). The carbon price, imposed in provinces that did not implement a carbon-pricing scheme, is largely (about 90 per cent) returned to those bearing the impact of a price on emissions: the people.

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