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Fuelling up near Kingston: The federal levy on carbon, which came into effect in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick on April 1, 2019, prices carbon at $20 a tonne, or 4.4 cents per litre of gas.JOHNNY C.Y. LAM/The Globe and Mail

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Carbon folly

Re Carbon Tax Lies Have To Be Challenged (April 5): First off, I agree with Gary Mason regarding the climate – it is changing, and human activity is contributing to that change. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, it is time to call out the government for the craven folly of its carbon tax.

The government is well aware of the studies that suggest that to change behaviour, the tax needs to be at least $250 per tonne. A carbon tax of $250 would be so regressive, its implementation would create an unprecedented disruption to the flow of taxes in this country, one that would necessitate rewriting the entire tax code. Who is brave enough to take that on? Not this government, perhaps not any government.

Best to introduce a tax at $20 per tonne, which ends up being a mild irritant, changes little or no behaviour, yet adequately signals the virtuous intent of our leaders.

That Nobel laureate they keep quoting to justify carbon taxes as the best way to combat climate change? They keep forgetting to mention the second part of his theory stating carbon taxes are only effective in a closed-loop system that requires most of the major countries to either have a carbon tax or be suitably penalized for not having one, through tariffs, duties or other charges.

Where are these charges on the non-participating countries such as China, India and, for the most part, the United States?

Has our government been brave enough to levy charges on these countries to “close the loop”? Of course not. That would take courage and commitment.

So, back to $20 per tonne.

Mark Thornley, Toronto


What is it about conservatives that they don’t take climate change seriously, in spite of how often our scientists warn us that time is running out? From Donald Trump, Doug “Trump” Ford to Jason Kenney, they criticize those who are taking the problem seriously. Mr. Ford and Mr. Kenney claim they have alternative solutions, but details are mysteriously lacking. The people opposed to tackling the climate file might not be around to experience the catastrophic results of non-action on this problem, but their children and grandchildren surely will be.

Beverley Murray, Burlington, Ont.


I suggest for a start that wherever the word “Conservative” appears in connection with a Canadian political party and climate, the word “Lemming” be substituted. Thus, the United Lemming Party of Alberta and the Lemming Party of Canada.

Wayne Dowler, Toronto


I am just fine with paying a bit more at the pump and leaving the car behind more often to walk or take public transit. We get less pollution and I get to claim my federal tax credit – $300-plus for the average Ontario household.

What’s not to like?

Sheila Petzold, Ottawa

For the people?

Re Ontario To Cut Thousands Of Teaching Jobs Over Four Years (April 5): As Premier Doug Ford watches students striking to stop his plan to raise class sizes, it would be nice if he would look at class sizes in Ontario’s many private schools. The children of some of his cabinet members could help with this one.

The No. 1 reason parents pay the $15,000 to $30,000 in fees for these schools is to have their children in smaller classes. Perhaps the Premier should think about lowering class sizes if he is so much “for the people.”

Pat Geale, Brampton, Ont.

It’s humble and right

Positive news is rare these days, especially in politics. Let all Canadians rally behind Nova Scotia, whose proposed legislation would make it “the first jurisdiction in North America to adopt presumed consent around organ donation.” May this legislation quickly spread across Canada. It is the humble and right thing to do, a law we can be proud of (Saskatchewan To Study Nova Scotia’s Intiative On Automatic Consent For Organ Donation – April 4).

Karen Kingsbury, Pointe-Claire, Que.

Feminist credentials

The expulsion from caucus of Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott has nothing to do with gender. They are being treated as any man would. Yet some protesters argue these events undermine Justin Trudeau’s feminist credentials. Isn’t equal treatment the central point of feminism?

If Mr. Trudeau had treated Ms. Wilson-Raybould and Ms. Philpott more gently simply because of their gender, the same protesters would have called him out as paternalistic. Women can more than hold their own in the rough and tumble of politics.

Brian P.H. Green, Thunder Bay, Ont.


Two once-competent cabinet ministers, who also happen to be women, sincere though they may be, are incredibly naive to think that one of them could publicly criticize their boss, allegedly demand he fire his advisers, secretly tape a conversation with a public servant, and remain on the team. More unbelievable is their surprised and stunned reaction to being removed from caucus.

Marilyn Garrett, Sarnia, Ont.

Cancon? History says …

Re Foreign Streaming Services Are Embracing Canadian Culture Without Cancon Rules (April 1) After reading Barrie McKenna’s column about how foreign broadcasters are now supporting Canadian culture more than our indigenous contributors like the CBC, I am reminded of the implacable agenda of world commerce that dictates profit over patriotism.

Netflix, Hulu and others are here, not as flag-wavers, but as commercially mandated profiteers. Canada has amazing talent, primed infrastructure, and tax and dollar-exchange benefits that will entice production – as long as it is commercially beneficial.

If we want sustainability, history tells us we need regulation with a vision for domestic expansion and longevity.

Peter Keleghan, Toronto

Paddling into summer

Re A Path Forward: The Reinvention Of The Canadian Canoe Museum (April 3): Great to see the federal government donate $10-million toward a new home for the Canadian Canoe Museum.

Roy MacGregor’s article about its history, begun with the vision of Kirk Wipper, is a story all Canadians need to know.

Richard Donaldson, Mississauga


I thought there was nothing better in life than an early Saturday morning paddle on Lake Muskoka. The peacefulness is indescribable; partiers are tucked in their beds, their personal watercraft moored tightly to docks.

Feeling the warm sun on your face, the calm air before the wind and waves begin to form, is so wonderful. But I was wrong. There is something that tops even that. Taking my granddaughter, then 19 months, out for her first paddle last summer was even better.

Summer can’t come back soon enough.

Lydia Vale, Toronto

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