What's with Steve Harper?
So far his response to Stephane Dion's Green Shift carbon tax has been, well, - at best - underwhelming.
Upon hearing of Dion's announcement, Harper said, "All this is a revenue grab to finance his own program."
Next, he said, "They're so bankrupt intellectually that the only policy they can come up with is to impose a new tax on energy prices at a time when energy prices, rising energy prices, are a national and global problem."
Warming to his subject, Harper said, "Mr. Dion's policies are crazy. This is crazy economics. It's crazy environmental policy."
His diatribe continued, "When he says there'll be a carbon tax and it won't affect gasoline prices and it won't affect energy prices, this is nonsense."
And finally, Oh the horror! The humanity! A crude, sexual epithet, shurely to make his cheering supporters from the Christian right blush in embarrassment. Dion's carbon tax would not only "screw the west" like the NEP but would "screw everybody across the country."
His motormouth companion Calgary MP Jason Kenney added his two-cents worth to the literature: Dion's Green plan was "his most spectacular flip-flop to date."
So in summary, Harper's reaction to Dion's comprehensive 44-page plan has been that it is a "revenue grab,"that the Liberals are "bankrupt intellectually," that the plan is "crazy," "crazy," "crazy," that it is "nonsense," and that it will "screw" the west and "screw" everybody. Kenney says its a "flip-flop."
Meanwhile, on the 21 st of June, Dion said: "I call on the Prime Minister to debate with me anytime on television on this issue in a respectful, meaningful and adult way."
So far, apart from the earlier invective, from Harper there is silence. Indeed, there is major cause for Stevie to be concerned.