With gas prices up at around C$1.35 per litre, the release a week and a half ago of Stéphane Dion’s “Green Shift” plan to impose more taxes on middle and upper income earners is being rejected. You can see it in letters to the editor, you can read it on blogs. And the left has been left with little ability to respond to the plan’s assessment as a failure.
Of those who are neutral or positive about The Green Shift, virtually none are defending its actual content. Doing so would expose it for what it is: a proposal for a dramatic shift of earnings, from those who earn to those who do not. Instead, we are getting spirited sermons about how “green” is a freight train that cannot be stopped. The psychological strategy is obvious enough: if a proposal is too irrational and destructive to sell on its merits, tell people that no matter what the proposal is, the cultural momentum in favour of it is too great to stop its implementation.
Here are today’s disgustingly transparent examples. Read more
As I write, I am listening to a recording of Financial Post editor Terry Corcoran interviewing Liberal Party of Canada leader Stéphane Dion. The experience is surreal. A bit like listening to a psychiatrist interviewing a mental patient about some notes they have found tucked behind a loose brick in the patient’s holding cell: crazy notes detailing plans for a comet-chasing mass-suicide. Read more
I am happy to announce that, today, I registered the domain name reasonsharvest.com. That domain’s temporary home page will be replaced over the coming weeks as I approach an as-yet not determined launch date. However, in what follows, I provide a little background about why I have registered the site. Read more
Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper today reported that a well-established Toronto-based company, Green Shift Inc., which carries on business under the name “Green Shift” (in which it holds the registered Trade Mark), is contemplating the commencement of legal action against the Liberal Party of Canada. Last week, the Liberal Party of Canada released a platform of “green” proposals to tax the consumption of “carbon”, while purportedly lowering income tax rates to make the new carbon taxes “revenue neutral” (but, see below). The Liberals named the platform “The Green Shift”, and registered the domain name thegreenshift.ca to promote it. Green Shift Inc.’s domain name is greenshift.ca (no “the”). Read more
On June 19, 2008, the National Post’s Letters Editor, Paul Russell, posted to the NP blog a letter he had received from a reader, Ross Reynolds. In the letter, Mr. Reynolds asserted that there is no “constitutionally valid” law (i.e., there is no law) prohibiting the possession of marijuana in Canada. Read more
June 19, 2008
Hon. Dalton McGuinty
Main Legislative Building
Room 281, Queen’s Park
Dear Premier McGuinty:
Re: “Psychics”, “Reasonable Grounds”, and the Case of Colleen and Victoria Leduc
I find it difficult to bring myself to watch shows like the Daily Show. Don’t get me wrong, some of the content on that show is quite funny. However, much too much of what today passes for “comedy” (especially on that show) consists of little more than running a clip of someone, then looking into the camera and either laughing or smiling. Read more
PowerWise's "Allard-Johnson Communications" Commenter: Holocaust a "controversial…theory", PM a "Doochebag"
Readers of my blog may have read my post, yesterday, about the PowerWise.ca website, and a “tip” which the site left up on its home pages: a tip that suggested ending all immigration to Canada, so that said would-be immigrants will not increase their carbon footprint. In response to my post, I received a couple of comments. One of which was particularly interesting.
First, some background. My blog software has a spam feature. First-time posters cannot post until I have approved them. Whenever a first-time poster submits a comment, my blog software sends me an e-mail asking whether or not I want to approve the comment. Today I got one such e-mail, from a person lacking the testicular fortitude to use his own name (he tendered the name “guy incognito”). The submitted comment read as follows: Read more
Look now, and you’ll find yet another piece of evidence that the current green movement is still just the old, German, Völkisch movement; a movement still motivated by a fear that there aren’t enough resources for everyone; a movement that, so motivated, seeks to reduce the earth’s population. The Völkisch movement got a bit of an historical black eye when supporting Hitler’s approach of murdering millions of Jews, and seizing the land occupied by non-German Europeans and Asians so as to make lebesraum for the Aryan “race” of blue-eyed, Volkswagen-driving blond-haired ubermen. So today’s Volkisch movement has replaced the swastika with a sunflower, masked its red nature in the colour “green”, and changed its approach: instead of eliminating all but the Germans, eliminate Germans too, by making it too expensive to procreate (or to produce anything, for that matter) in an industrialized country, no matter what your genetic make-up. Read more
On the National Post’s blog, columnist Jonathan Kay reports that Justin Trudeau – son of the now-deceased former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau (a father of Canada’s Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms) – shared with a questioner his opinion on whether Canada’s Charter would protect extraterrestrials, were they to (exist and) land in Canada. In a nutshell, he said that the Charter would apply if the alien first became a Canadian citizen. His response betrayed an ignorance of the Charter, given that several of its provisions apply even to those lacking Canadian citizenship. Read more