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Sunday, October 29, 2006

James Heath - cool guy

I was thinking today about an upcoming post... on why I am a Conservative, both politically and in my overall daily outlook. Then I saw this post from Steve Janke, regarding comments made by James Heath, a former spokesman for Jack Layton's NDP.

The gist of it? James says people should quit harping on Harper, and at least give him SOME credit for getting the ball rolling on the Global Warming front. He correctly identifies that Harper has done more on this issue in 8 months than the Liberals did in 12 years.

And he ALSO points out the hypocrisy of many of his fellow colleagues on the left. How folks like Greenpeace and the Sierra Club are attacking Harper for doing the very things that they petitioned the previous Liberal government to do... which, by the way, the Liberals said they would do, then didn't...

Interesting... I don't see James' comments posted ANYWHERE on the Progressive Blogs, the Liblogs, or the Blogging Dippers. Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't James considered "one of their own"?

Anyway, it's a good appetizer for my post, coming in the next couple of days. (it's been a busy week... 50+ hours, and not nearly enough sleep...)


  • At Sun. Oct. 29, 09:57:00 p.m. EST, Anonymous Jan Hollander said…

    I am looking forward to the post. Thanks for telling us about the James Heath column.
    It would be good if the CPC issued some explanatory material about their plan.

  • At Sun. Oct. 29, 11:24:00 p.m. EST, Anonymous Adrian MacNair said…

    We look forward to reaping the rewards of the Conservative environmental plan in 2050.

  • At Mon. Oct. 30, 08:05:00 a.m. EST, Anonymous drew said…

    So what exactly is the Conservative plan and at what point exactly should we expect to see some serious positive environmental change taking effect because of it?

  • At Mon. Oct. 30, 08:41:00 a.m. EST, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    Not having read it yet, I know just a couple points...

    1) new auto regulations by 2010, basicly matching the famous "California Emission" line that I always wondered about on the Price is Right when I was a kid...

    2) forcing industry, including the oil patch, to reduce their emissions per unit. Thus, if there is expansion out west, which is predicted, the industry has the room to grow, while still implementing the technology to reduce their GHG output. Thus, industry can continue to grow in the short term, but hard caps will be coming a few years later.

    Here is one point that many who protest the soft caps don't seem to get. Right now, Alberta is the only thing keeping the Canadian economy afloat. Business is falling in the rest of Canada, but growing rapidly in Alberta, which as a result is providing net growth. Sure, we can hard cap things right now... and we'll have the same crash out west that Trudeau's NEP caused, which would send Canada into resession.

    Also, Alberta right now is singlehandedly keeping oil prices reasonable. I just found this out the other day... we are in the top 10 oil producing nations in the world! Canada is becoming a MAJOR energy producer, and one of the only stable ones. Sure, we can shoot ourselves in the foot... that is, if you like the look of soup lines across the nation.

    More when I get the chance to review the document. (instead of my super secret offical "talking points")

  • At Mon. Oct. 30, 09:33:00 p.m. EST, Blogger Dirk said…

    "the same crash out west that Trudeau's NEP caused"

    Die-hard partisans love revisionist history.

  • At Tue. Oct. 31, 07:45:00 a.m. EST, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    "Revisionist"? Funny you say that... that comment was based on the work of William Johnson's biography of Stephen Harper (the historical view of how Mr. Harper's ideology was formed), Cynthia McCall-Newman's authoritative book "Grits" about the Liberal Party of Canada, and even Pierre Elliot Trudeau's own "Memiors". Revisionist you say? Hardly.

    PET himself, is his own memoirs, says that the program had one intention, to keep oil prices within Canada reasonable during the OPEC Crisis. He said that he knew it would have negative consequences for the West. He himself admitted that due to what happened with oil prices after the program was introduced, it had the effect of harming the Western oil industry even more than they realized it would. Yet he makes no appology, and even said that if he had it to do over again, HE WOULD.

    Care to retract your "revisionist" comment? Or would you like me to post the relevant page numbers?

  • At Tue. Oct. 31, 07:58:00 a.m. EST, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    Sorry, I made an error myself there... he never said he would do it again, but he did say that he had no regrets for doing it.

    Pg. 294
    Had to go upstairs and grab the book from my library.

  • At Tue. Oct. 31, 04:33:00 p.m. EST, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I, for one, look forward to dirk retracting his "revisionist" comment. However, I am not holding my breath.


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