Barack Obama said this today at his first news conference as the President-elect said this about more grim figures for the US economy:
Obama said that, if the lame-duck Congress fails to pass a stimulus package before he takes office January 20, passing such a package will be his first move…He said the country must deal with several immediate challenges. Obama said a fiscal stimulus plan to jump-start economic growth is “long overdue.”…The president-elect also said he would make it a high priority to work on additional policy options to help the struggling auto industry.
Note the key phrases; stimulus package, assistance to the auto industry.
It we look at Harper by comparison, has anyone seen or heard him or his finance minister uttering similar phrases or commitments to help out the struggling auto industry specifically, and the manufacturing industry in general in Ontario? Of course you haven’t, other then berating Ontario for not cutting taxes, and belittling Ontario as “the worst place to invest”. On the other hand, the slightest hint that the Alberta tarsands might be punished by potential tough new US climate-change plans and rules, and he’s got half the cabinet working on that (or working to try and get the tarsands exempted from such rules).
I said the same thing yesterday as Excited Delirium does: Obama should tell him “thanks but no thanks” – at least until Canada produces a credible plan that fights climate-change and gets the GHG emitted by the tarsands under control – and intensity targets don’t cut it, as Al Gore once said famously up here.
By the way, I saw on CNN there were/are rumours that Al Gore might be in line for a new “Environmental Czar” position in the Cabinet. If that were to occur, combined with Robert F. Kennedy’s rumoured position at the Environmental Protection Agency, I think Harper would have a pretty tough sell to the Obama administration to exempt the tarsands from any meaningful climate change rules or plans.