Editor, The Times:
That’s what they say about the windstorm that swept the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, and the Gulf Islands.
Recently I was talking to some friends who now live in Victoria, but used to live, like myself, in Saltspring Island at the same time. Now we all remember the big storms that swept through that area in the winter. The power outages that last for hours, maybe a day or so.
And so it was on the Sunshine Coast just below Powell River—power outages, but they didn’t last that long. A bit of time has passed since the storm of storms—the perfect storm perhaps? swept through the Gulf Islands yet I’m told that repairs to the electrical system are not completed yet.
The ferocious winds not only tore down trees in record numbers, but destroyed transformers and poles—they left trees piled on every road on Saltspring.
At White Rock, a pier that had stood for a hundred years was partially destroyed. There is a breakwater there, but due to ocean rise and the horrendous waves the sea simply poured over the top of the rocks—smashing boats that were moored inside, supposedly safe.
I heard Andrew Scheer declare that if he was elected this fall he will rescue Canada from “Traitor Trudeau’s” carbon tax. When asked what his Harperite Hangovers have in mind to counter global warming and climate change they reply, we’ll tell you later.
Doug Ford has a different idea. It’s essentially putting a lot of money in the pockets of the ‘needy rich’ and if it works fine and well just like the Portuguese legalizing all drugs—if it works forget the ideology and finger wagging. Just do it.
However, there’s a problem here, Australia, which had a carbon tax imposed, I believe, by the former Labour Government—in the time the carbon tax was in effect Australia’s emissions dropped seven per cent.
Since the carbon tax has been replaced in favour of the “fill the wealthy’s boots” scheme for the last two years—drop in emissions equals zero, nothing, nada!
When the Perfect Storm shows up, aided by global warming—ships sink and houses get blown away.
It’s a little late to realize a bit of carbon is a small price to pay.