The kitchen's on fire, and Scheer won't grab the fire extinguisher - 2019-10-04
The Conservative Party of Canada has painted itself into a corner on the issue of climate change. Were the issue not quite so pressing, and the injury not so entirely self-inflicted, one could almost feel sorry for the party. Here they are, hoping to form the government in a country where the majority of people recognize climate change as the massive threat it is, and the Conservatives can only shout, "Look over there! China!" and try to change the subject.
For months and months now, the Conservatives have actively demonized the least intrusive, lowest-regulation, fairest, most efficient, one could almost say most "conservative" means of fighting climate change. By rights, a price on carbon ought to be a Conservative policy, and had they just quietly taken a carbon tax on board, with a couple of branding tweaks, few would have noticed and very few would have minded.
As it is, the Conservatives have thrown their ideological child—pay for what you use—to the wolves. They are left making nebulous promises to go after big, bad businesses while offering layers and layers of government incentives and "behave yourselves" subsidies, all of which will necessitate kilometres and kilometres of red tape and will be paid for with tax money. The left could sue.