The knock so far against Liberal Leadership Candidate Gerard Kennedy is that he "speaks passionately upon the topic of nothing", as I think one columnist put it. Today Kennedy has taken a step towards countering this type of criticism by releasing a few concrete details of his environmental policy:
OTTAWA (AP) - Canada should impose a tax on gas-guzzling SUVs and cut the GST on hybrid vehicles to help meet its Kyoto commitments, says Liberal leadership candidate Gerard Kennedy.
Kennedy said Thursday that those two measures would yield a "much more practical" reduction in greenhouse gas emissions than the carbon tax floated by leadership front-runner Michael Ignatieff.
A direct political jab at Iggy, but fairly solid, pragmatic stuff as well. Kennedy takes pains to point out that these kinds of environmental initiative ought to be more palatable to Albertans:
He said [Iggy's proposed] carbon tax would unfairly penalize oil-rich Alberta, incense the energy industry and be counterproductive.
"We need the oil sector on side. Eight per cent of our increase in greenhouse gases came from the oil sands," Kennedy told The Canadian Press.
"We need to be working with them and what we don't want to do is cause a huge flight of capital and damage our resource industry that has been part of Canada's economic power."
Iggy set himself up for that. A well placed shot by Mr. Kennedy.