Sunday, August 03, 2008

Green shift will lead to ... the "dissolution of Canada"

Here's a columnist with an excellent contribution to the debate about the green shift: "Dion's carbon tax a good way to split the country." The "dissolution of Canada" will result from the green shift. Really, Fazil Mihlar, Fraser Institute alumni, tells me it be so. This is the kind of debate that the PM is inculcating as a result of his response to the green shift proposal to date.

Here's some of what Mihlar had to say yesterday:
If the two prairie political leaders decide to challenge a federal Liberal government on the carbon tax, they could generate a lot of support for separation.
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Patriots across the country may want to let him and the Liberals know that putting "our home and native land" on a path toward dissolution is not on.
It's a sorry state of affairs to be seeing the opposition to the green shift from conservative quarters find refuge in the Western separation threat. There's something desperate and irksome about it. They're inflamed by the NEP rhetoric of the PM and Jason Kenney, who are sowing the seeds of such divisiveness. Yet there's almost a laugh factor that comes into play here. The separation threat is the political nuclear button in this country. Just try to envision Saskatchewan and Alberta launching a separation effort, with all of the distraction, cost and energy that would require...and over an environmental plan. They'd be ridiculed by the world. This stick rattling in separatist cages that the PM is sowing, on both the western front and in Quebec is something for Canadians to turn their minds to in an election campaign.

Secondly, that patriotism thing is just not on. Harpie and his band have tried that in the House of Commons while addressing the Afghanistan conflict. It's gone over like a wet noodle. You don't hear it so much anymore. Perhaps the rank and file should pay attention.

Methinks this columnist doth protest way, way too much. The merits of the green shift are not engaged whatsoever here. It's more stamping of the feet firewall political reaction. That appears to be the approach the right is taking to the debate thus far. Economic fear. Fear of Stephane Dion. The fear card, however, doesn't have a strong track record of working in Canada. Mulroney et al. tried it during the Charlottetown Accord referendum, warning of dire financial consequences if the package weren't adopted. Turner et al. tried it during the federal election on free trade and voters did not go for it. Ernie Eves et al. tried the fear card with Dalton McGuinty, arguing in 2003 that "He's still not up to the job." Conservatives are running an Eves' like campaign against Dion now.

But really, at the end of the day, columnists like Mihlar undercut themselves by including lines like this in their column:
Be that as it may, the Liberal party, which believes it has a divine right to govern Canada, only cares about attaining and maintaining power.
That is like, such an awesome statement, dude.