It’s not surprising the Canadian federal government has rejected the recommendation of its own National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy to introduce a carbon tax to immediately reduce greenhouse gas emissions (Jan. 7). The federal Conservatives (and Liberals for that matter) have not favored such a tax, mainly for ideological reasons. But what is encouraging is that business and industry, along with environmental groups, have come up with the recommendation separate from government. As usual, it is the citizens, and in this case, industry that is leading the charge to fight climate change. Once again, governments will have to catch up. Whether that’s done by changing policy or governments, remains to be seen. But at least people are considering solutions, and if politicians are truly politicians, they will be forced to acknowledge the wisdom of the masses.
So, what’s wrong with that?