So I know the media like sensational stories and all, but really the new benefits for farmers, truckers, and fishermen are exactly in line with Dion said he was going to do - he said he would consult with Canadians over the summer. In fact before publishing such stories perhaps members of the media could look at the plan itself and see that these benefits are actually allowed for right in the ORIGINAL DOCUMENT. It says on p.38-39:
We will set aside $1 billion over four years ($100 million in the first year growing to $400 million in the fourth year) which will be reserved for tax cuts designed to off-set the impact of the carbon tax on groups such as not-for-profit organizations and charities. This contingency offset will also be used to design tax relief to address unanticipated and unavoidable costs associated with the new price on carbon for the most vulnerable in society.
So the plan remains just as solid as before, backed by environmentalists on the left and economists on the right – any sensible analysis says it is the approach we need for the environment and the economy. And the plan has been improved based on consultations with Canadians. That IS the leadership we need for Canada.
UPDATE: Jason, Jeff, and Big City Lib also have thoughts on this
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