Meddling Dion got off lightly
For four long and glorious days Public Enemy No. 1 waltzes around Alberta.
He's allowed to promote his devious plan to suck $15 billion a year out of the country's "700 large final emitters" - a large number of whom form our hydrocarbon economy heartland.
And nobody lays a glove on him.
...Dion says his big number is $15 billion a year. And he makes the preposterous claim that it will be "revenue neutral" because he will send it all out the door in a myriad of income tax tweaks.
It's designed to impress the above-mentioned soccer moms, who will see those bad Alberta oilsands and power plants punished. Plus, they'll have a little more left on their paycheques to spend on ME.
This Liberal urge to punish Albertans always seems to be lurking under the surface.
That is, until one of those 416 Liberal MPs brought it bubbling to the top last week when Garth Turner praised his great leader for taking it to those "self-aggrandizing, hostile, me-first, greedy macho, selfish and balkanizing" Quebec separatists.
"I guess he can do it again in Alberta," Turner sneered on his blog.
"Did I go too far?" Garbage Mouth Garth wondered later.
Not at all. You finally levelled with Albertans.
.....So I get to pose THE QUESTION: how big is the Alberta haircut?
"It's very difficult to do," Dion answered, adding something about taxing at the "wholesale" level rather than the "production" level.
But how you determine if a wholesale kilowatt of power is wind, coal or dam juice baffles me.
He did admit that " emissions are more concentrated in some provinces than others. Alberta is one of them."
Kinda had that figured already.
"We cannot come to an exact number," Dion insisted.
Dion didn't get the hostile reception he expected from Albertan's, from what I can see, he was pretty much ignored. So how brave was he? Not brave enough to appear on the David Rutherford show. Not brave enough to take questions from reporters at city hall. He appeared before Liberal party members in Calgary, at a youth rally against the oilsands in Edmonton, and one town hall meeting filled with hard core lefties, where adults prompted a little 8 year old to ask a pre-arranged question. Now that's brave!
Now he can go back east, and talk about his "success" in talking down to those nasty Albertan's who make all that "easy" money. Could you keep him there? Thanks.