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What a carbon tax can’t do

A carbon tax is a poor way to galvanize public support. We need a climate plan that rallies Canadians around the common good

For the last four decades, the gospel of small government has reigned supreme. But the pandemic has challenged this, as countries around the world have been forced to mobilize vast state resources to combat the disease. In Canada, it seems that all of this public sector activism has only whet the people’s appetite for more of the same. Recent polling has shown that a strong majority of the country’s citizens are not waiting for a return to the pre-pandemic status quo; they want more government intervention to address pressing social and economic needs. This shift in attitude is good news in a world full of bad news; there seems to be no end to the crises that call out for bold action today.

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