Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A little over the top

Harper's tone today was a little arrogant and condescending. Not surprising to those of us in the Canadian population, a majority, that is, who feel that Mr. Harper is just a little too disconcerting for our taste. But protesting a bit too much on Dion's preliminary proposal on carbon tax policy, suggesting perhaps a discomfort or irritation by Conservatives with having to fight on this territory: "Carbon tax 'foolish and unnecessary': PM." A little too smartest-guy-in-the-room-esque with a hint of an overreach on his part:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper dismissed Liberal Leader St├ęphane Dion's plan to tax carbon emissions as a "foolish and unnecessary policy" on Wednesday, saying it's nothing more than a cash grab for a government.

Harper was asked what role the government could play in cushioning the impact of high oil and gas prices on consumers.

He said that beyond providing some tax relief — something he said his party has done with GST and income tax cuts — the government can have little impact on lowering gas prices.

"But I think what we don't need right now when we do face rising gasoline taxes and rising taxes on energy products are governments to come and specifically impose carbon taxes on our economy," Harper told reporters in Beamsville, Ont.

"We think that is a foolish and unnecessary policy that is being proposed by our opposition."
And now, Mr. Dion, time to rebut these words. The Liberals can't have such trash talking hanging out there, unmet. Have a press conference, whatever, but explain reasonably why it isn't "foolish" and "unnecessary" and why Mr. Harper's know-it-all tone is inappropriate.