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Letters to the Editor, Nov. 18

TRUDEAU’S TAX DOESN’T MEET THE SMELL TEST

Re “Emission impossible” (Lorrie Goldstein, Nov. 11): As Lorrie pointed out, Canada’s taxing strategy is impossible to achieve. It is absolutely the wrong way to achieve their goals. First, you cannot count on any help from the world’s four biggest polluters. America has dropped out of any reduction plan. China is still building coal burning plants. India’s top priority is mountains of garbage in its streets and rivers, its huge poverty and dysfunctional government. The euro zone, despite all their carbon taxes, cap-and-trade systems, windmills and solar panels have hit a brick wall. They have not been able to reduce any more carbon in over five years. The only cost effective way is to focus on the biggest carbon producers, contrary to what the government has done by letting them off. This does not meet the smell test. The government must send into those carbon-producing companies an engineer and a scientist, to be stationed inside, working with the companies’ people and management to find savings. Not only will they find ways to reduce their carbon output, but they’ll find cost savings to those companies as well, making them more profitable. Guaranteed these people will end up designing new technologies, techniques and methods that can be shared with the world. They will be able to reduce their carbon output to its lowest common denominator. They will set the standards for the world. Canada will be recognized for its innovated leadership and not the stupid tax failure system.

Brian Mellor Picton

(Trudeau’s carbon tax is nothing but a tax grab, meanwhile he says little to nothing about the world’s biggest polluters)

OVERSIGHT NEEDED

Re “Senators urged to embrace oversight” (The Canadian Press, Nov. 15): The senators have been ‘studying the matter for months’ regarding getting an independent oversight body to review expense claims. It seems like a practical, logical solution to prevent any more scandals within the Senate. I’m not surprised, though, that these overpaid naval gazers can’t see the logic of it.

Nancy Hird Whitby

(But they will keep using the excuse they are exploring options as an to do nothing)

NOT LOOKING FOR SYMPATHY

Shawn Marie Oliver Cambridge

(Thank you for being so honest. We have a skills shortage in this country and it is time we have an honest conversation about how to fix it)

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