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Jeffrey Simpson writes that the notion of a carbon tax was killed in the last federal election (Many Albertans Agree: A Carbon Tax Was Best - Jan. 23).

Stéphane Dion's policy was unacceptable to me, and probably to many Albertans, because it used the good rationale for a carbon tax with the objective of redistributing the proceeds of Alberta's energy sector to Canadians in more vote-rich provinces through programs completely unlinked to energy efficiency. If proposed as a true tool of a wider set of policies to bring the country into conformity with international expectations of environmental stewardship, I believe it would have been much more widely supported.

It would indeed be sad if this one flawed foray into the idea of a carbon tax prevents Canadian politicians from exploring this useful tool.

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