Second Thots

Sometimes one has to step back, take pause, and have some "second thots"

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Harper calls Dion's tax plan "insane"

The question is if Canadians will see it as insane, too.

On the one hand, pollsters keep telling us that Canadians are in favour of a carbon tax.

On the other hand, political observers keep telling us that Canadians will never support a carbon tax in an election.

Let the games begin.

I'll also add that it's unusual for an opposition party to make itself the story, which is the route that Liberal leader Stephane Dion has decided to take by announcing this carbon tax plan, shift, or whatever you want to call it.

The government has been in so-called scandal defence mode for weeks, if not longer. Now Dion has provided ample opportunity for the government to discuss this carbon plan whenever it wants. Should be interesting.

UPDATE (6:32 pm): I see that Dion has started selling his plan even before officially launching it.

Well, it's not so much selling as it is explaining. Think about it. Does an opposition party really want to find itself in the position of explaining its own controversial policy, rather than attacking the government? I mean, most oppositions want to keep attacking the government, right?

But I guess Dion now wants to sell himself as a different kind of politician again. Such strategies usually don't work, by the way. It's something Obama might want to keep in mind, too.

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