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This just in: carbon tax is not a cash grab, not a job-killer, and not an attack on Alberta

By Susan Riley      

It is a flawed attempt to buy permission for a major industry to continue producing a product that is harming the planet and that is increasingly reviled globally. That this is the best the country can do is, in itself, distressing.

United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney, pictured Aug. 23, 2018, in Halifax at the Conservative policy convention. There will be lots of shouting and blaming in the wake of Mr. Kenney’s unambiguous victory in Alberta last week, writes Susan Riley. The Hill Times photograph by Samantha Wright Allen

CHELSEA, QUE.—There will be lots of shouting and blaming in the wake of Jason Kenney’s unambiguous victory in Alberta last week. Much of the venom will focus on carbon taxes, climate change, equalization, and who-is-getting-screwed, with a possible return to bitter sibling rivalry between provinces, notably Alberta and Quebec. There will be lawsuits and hateful social media campaigns and, possibly, a referendum in Alberta. Just when you thought politics couldn’t get uglier.

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