Jeffrey Simpson dismisses Jack Layton in today’s Globe and Mail, “How can voters take the NDP seriously? ”
The first substantive critique appears about halfway through the column: “the NDP has not provided any costing for their platform.” As has been widely reported yesterday and today, the NDP is releasing its costed platform tomorrow. Since the platform is not out yet, how can Simpson claim that there is no costing?
The same paragraph refers to “corporate tax ‘giveaways’ that the party asserts amount to $50-billion.” This figure is not an NDP assertion, but a Finance Canada projection (see Table 3.1 on page 73 of the 2007 Economic Statement).
On greenhouse gases, Simpson writes, “The NDP approach misses office buildings, light industry, personal transportation (cars and trucks), freight transportation, urban waste, agriculture that together equal not quite half of all emissions.” This point is accurate with respect to cap and trade, but misses numerous green investments and regulatory changes that the NDP has proposed.
Astute readers will note that Simpson has changed his tune. Three months ago, he wrote of “the fact that most emissions come from individuals.” Today, he correctly acknowledges that individuals plus all other entities that are not Large Final Emitters account for less than half of total emissions.
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