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Dear readers, you'll be heartbroken to know I didn't make it to Saskatoon last night because of a mechanical problem on the plane. The airline will remain nameless, but let me just say they kept us on board for three hours before they released us. If there is an empathy deficit in this country, it's with that particular company. Though I am not yet a father, I do appreciate the frustration parents have in such circumstances. In what clearly was a conspiracy designed by Rob, I was placed among three upset little children. All the screaming and crying gave me some sense of what it was like in family homes in Ontario when Bob Rae ran the province's economy. My travel troubles aside - I am now trying again as I write to get back on that plane to Saskatoon - I thought it would be instructive for readers to have a look at Yukon Premier Dennis Fentie's perspective on Dion's carbon tax and Liberal economic management in general. This is taken from yesterday's Whitehorse Star: "This misguided approach by (federal Liberal Leader Stephane) Dion and the Liberals and Mr. Bagnell to address climate change, then try and spin it to give us income tax breaks, is simply not going to cut it," Fentie told the Star in an interview late this morning. "A carbon tax would be very damaging to this territory and the North and indeed our economy and our cost of living." The Yukon Party premier said there is no evidence a tax on carbon would reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Fentie also attacked the Liberals for what he called trying to claim responsibility for eliminating the deficit in Canada. "Nothing could be farther from the truth. All the federal Liberals did under (former prime minister Jean) Chretien was transfer or offload the issue of the deficit to the provinces and the territories by cutting the fiscal transfers," Fentie said. "The Liberals cannot take credit for eliminating the federal deficit; it's the provinces and territories that carried that burden."

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