Trudeau’s cheap talk on climate change – If the PM expects Canadians to sacrifice to fight global warming, let him lead by example

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If you want to understand the impact of climate change polices on ordinary Canadians and how detached our political leaders are from what they are doing by imposing them, think of this every time they say “carbon pricing.”

Think of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau flying in on the Aga Khan’s helicopter to the billionaire’s private island in the Bahamas, part of his greenhouse-gas spewing winter holiday with his family and Liberal friends.

Then think of him returning to Canada to hear a tearful mother and grandmother on his “meet the people” damage control tour in Peterborough Friday tell him her skyrocketing electricity and fuel bills have driven her into energy poverty.

This even though, partially disabled, she said she works 15 hours a day and makes almost $50,000 a year.

That, in a nutshell, is the issue, because it suggests Trudeau doesn’t think he has to change his lifestyle to fight climate change, but ordinary Canadians do.

This even though the decisions he’s making about carbon pricing and to “phase out” the oilsands as he put it Friday — infuriating many Albertans whose economy is on life support — will change everyone else’s.

Now think of the rich, globe-trotting gurus of global warming from Al Gore to Leonardo DiCaprio.

Think of the United Nations’ never-ending global warming roadshow that seems determined, on the public’s dime, to invade every tourist mecca, five-star hotel and Michelin restaurant on Earth, spewing the very greenhouse gases the UN says are endangering the planet.

Never mind what these hypocrites say about saving humanity.

Ask yourself whether they act like people who really believe the Earth faces an imminent, existential threat from the overconsumption of fossil fuel energy.

Don’t their actions suggest their real attitude is “energy poverty for thee, but not for me”?

Trudeau told Kathy Katula of Buckhorn, Ont., who confronted him about her desperate situation, that he admired her courage.

He reminded her of the importance of fighting climate change.

He hugged her.

And he threw Premier Kathleen Wynne under the bus.

Trudeau told Katula that while she needs to be protected from the costs of carbon pricing, electricity is a provincial responsibility, and his “carbon tax” (he meant “carbon price”) doesn’t start “for another few years.” (It starts next year.) Wynne told the Oakville and Burlington Chamber of Commerce on Friday, while a few demonstrators outside protested high electricity prices, that she knows they are a burden and pledged to reduce them beyond her removal of the 8% Ontario portion of the HST on Jan. 1.

If Trudeau and Wynne really want to help people cope with the higher cost of living caused by carbon pricing, they can promise 100% of the monies raised will be returned to Canadians as tax cuts or direct grants.

This carbon pricing system, called carbon fee and dividend, is the only one designed to lower emissions rather than increase government revenues.

Thus, the chances of it happening are between slim and none, and slim just left town.

lgoldstein@postmedia.com

Toronto Sun by Lorrie Goldstein

Jan 14th 2017

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