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Liberals have failed to provide leadership on importance of climate action and necessity of carbon pricing

By David Crane      

The Trudeau government has made the Conservative approach easier. While moving in the right direction, they have failed to provide the necessary leadership to persuade Canadians on the importance of climate action and the necessity of carbon pricing. Instead, they have assumed the moral high ground instead of getting down to the necessary task of making a convincing case for carbon pricing and a carbon action plan.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured June 20, 2018, leaving the National Press Theatre after holding a press conference. The Hill Time photograph by Andrew Meade

TORONTO—As a high school student, I could hardly wait for the next edition of Mad Magazine, with its smiling and eternally optimistic face of cover boy Alfred E. Neuman asking, “What—me worry?” These days, when I see the smiling face of Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, or Ontario Premier Doug Ford, dismissing efforts to slow climate change through carbon taxes, I again think of the eternally optimistic Alfred E. Neuman asking, “What—me worry?”

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