Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is pushing back against criticism by some that a key pillar of the party’s new climate plan is akin to a carbon tax, a Liberal-instituted policy he has long criticized. In an interview on CTV’s Question Period airing Sunday, O’Toole says the party’s proposed carbon pricing mechanism is “not a tax at all” because money is not collected by the government. “Well I’ve always been consistent on wanting to eliminate Mr. Trudeau’s carbon tax, and that’s what we’re going to do,” he said. “The low carbon savings account we’ve proposed will be kept by consumers, not one cent goes to government.” As opposed to the current rebate system, the Conservatives have pitched to create an industry-led program that accumulates funds based on individual fuel consumption, which Canadians can then use on environmentally-friendly purchases like a bicycle or transit pass. “This will not be a government-run program, it will be something that we view the industry doing in a similar way that the financial services industry developed and innovated with the Interac system, which people use far more now than then traditional old currency,” said O’Toole.
How many lies will you put up with from O’Toole? When someone lies to you over and over and over again, so blatantly, without even pretending to tell the truth, and then expects you to go along with it, what does that person think of you? Do they respect you? No. Do they think you are intelligent? No. Do they see you as an equal, as a peer? No. Instead, they are looking at you with contempt. They see you as unworthy of the truth. They see you as someone who deserves only lies. And they see you as someone who is so weak that you’ll let them keep on lying to you. Worst of all, when that person leads a political party, not only do they expect you to allow yourself to be lied to, but they then demand that you also volunteer, donate, and advocate for that party. Let me ask you this question: What would have happened if Erin O’Toole said this during the CPC Leadership campaign? “After years of campaigning against the carbon tax, and signing pledges not to bring in any consumer carbon tax, I will introduce a consumer carbon tax that takes your money and puts it into an account you can only use for government-approved ‘green purchases.’”
Lets be honest. Canada now coasts along on the fumes of previous achievement. Of all the problems Canada faces, these absolute trash Olympic uniforms are about as low on the list as you can get. And yet, there is significance here: “Aesthetics matter, and these trash uniforms certainly get across the idea that Canada is an unserious country unable to muster a shred of confidence or self-respect.” In 2021, does Canada deserve better than uniforms that look like they were vandalized by angry teens with Sharpies? Not really. If Olympic uniforms serve to project our national image, these garments actually nail it, writes Sabrina Maddeaux. “Canada is having a rough time. Once the promised land of oil sands, maple syrup, and kinda-free healthcare, we’re now a world leader in new COVID cases, money laundering, and overpriced houses. But, with the Tokyo Olympics (maybe) around the corner, the Great White North has a chance to redeem itself on the international stage – to show other countries who we really are. Sure, the medal tallies are important. But the world’s most-viewed sporting event is ultimately about spectacle, which means it’s also the world’s most-viewed fashion event.
They’ve been called “witch doctors” and “snake oil salesmen” for daring to go against the prevailing “group think” about lockdowns and to challenge the “preening camera hungry” medical experts who don’t represent the experience of clinicians and nurses on the front lines of the COVID battle. But in a lengthy Zoom interview this past week, Paul Elias Alexander, Howard Tenenbaum and Harvey Risch — all PhDs working out of prominent universities — told me flat-out that lockdowns are a complete waste of time.
On Monday, shortly after 4 p.m., Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland will stand in the House of Commons to deliver her first budget. It will also be the first budget from the Trudeau government in more than two years. The big question that her budget will answer is whether the Trudeau government is focused on dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic or simply using it as an opportunity to reset the Canadian economy and society.
Ontario will begin offering AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine to people turning 40 or older this year on Tuesday, according to a government source. The change will broaden access to vaccines as a third wave of infections threatens to overwhelm hospitals in Ontario and should make it easier to use doses that in some cases have been accumulating at pharmacies.