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Will miss you Mr. Layton, but why on earth did you so vigorously oppose a carbon tax? via @AddToAny

Will miss you Mr. Layton, but why on earth did you so vigorously oppose a carbon tax? via @AddToAny

Will miss you Mr. Layton, but why on earth did you so vigorously oppose a carbon tax? My Clean Break column today addresses a grudge I and many others have held against federal NDP leader Jack Layton, who passed away in August. Layton, as terrific a political leader he was, got it wrong when he adamantly opposed the suggestion during the 2008 election that Canada implement a national carbon tax. Layton favoured a cap-and-trade system, and as a result assisted Prime Minister Stephen Harper in attacking then Liberal leader Stephane Dion and his visionary (and controversial) Green Shift plan. Fact is, Layton and Dion supported a price on carbon — that should have been more important than the details on how that price was created. By making it an election issue, Layton helped sabotage any momentum to price carbon in Canada, making it a toxic issue that to this day no federal p...

Full article: http://www.cleanbreak.ca/2011/11/26/will-miss-you-mr-layt...

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