“(Mulcair) waxes quite eloquent on that in relation to the oilsands, but then the question is going to eventually come back, ‘Well why didn’t you apply those principles then to Quebec Hydro when you were in a position to do so?’ You want to talk about a carbon tax for the petroleum guys, fine, well where’s the reservoir tax for Hydro?’” Manning said in an interview with iPolitics this week. “I don’t think that discussion has even started to occur, but when it does occur, I think that any temporary surge of the NDP as environmental champions will be knocked back.”
So I will repeat myself. Past aside, if such a discussion were to occur today, Mulcair and the people of Quebec would be all smiles. Because though hydro causes extensive emissions during the construction and early operations phases, these return to background levels after about a decade, after which they are no longer even counted in Canada's National Inventory Report, which outlines the nation's carbon budget. Most of Quebec's push for hydro took place twenty years ago, so a reservoir tax on those projects would raise bupkis. And even their most recent projects would only suffer under a tax for a few more years.
In other words, try again please Preston Manning.
The longer version of my argument can be found here.