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Jason Markusoff @markusoff
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Rachel Notley vows to not raise the current carbon tax three years from now unless Trudeau pushes forward in the next few months to protect the massive investment he just made, which he'll doubtless do. That's all she did today, right? 1/
Notley couldn't have just said she was mad as hell. To channel Alberta anger she had to Do Something. Temporarily suspending plans for a three-years-from-now tax change has the fairly thin veneer of Something.
But... 2/
A tough-sounding Something that actually means Very Little might be the best option she has at present.
The bag of options mostly contains dumb, self-sabotaging and ineffective things. Notwithstanding clause! Shut off the taps as if that unquashes a permit! Slash gas taxes! 3/
She could rail against equalization, an ol-timey Alberta favourite, but she can't stop transfer payments because that's not how things work.
If there are real Do Something actions she could have legitimately done amounting to more than blowing off steam, I'm open to ideas. 4/4
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