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Spot the differences between Obama and Harper’s reaction to the economic crisis.

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.

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8 comments to Spot the differences between Obama and Harper’s reaction to the economic crisis.

  • Ted

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
    Ronald Reagan

    This truth sums up the Liberal mindset we see today .

  • mclea

    And Obama can say “thanks but no thanks” to Canadian oil all he wants, but then he’ll have to explain to Americans why they are paying more than they have to for oil from Saudi Arabia, rather than buying oil from their democratic neighbours to the north.

    In other words, it won’t happen in a million years.

  • mclea

    So what’s your brilliant plan to help Canada weather this economic crisis Tribe? Throw billions of dollars at an industry that has been in decline for decades?

    And for someone who pretends to care about the economic well being of Canadians, you sure seem to hate the Oilsands. Can you acknowledge that the Oilsands are a huge engine for Canada’s future growth, or do you think that oil just walks out of the ground and processes itself?

  • paul

    Subsidizing the losers that we call an auto sector would be a mistake. Better to allow them to go under.

    Someone will pick up the pieces and rebuild a domestic auto sector that is competitive and doesn’t have to compete with subsidized competitors.

    At the very least, the government should only offer aid in exchange for equity (which they can sell later)

  • O.K. Scott what concrete action do you propose? It seems to me no matter what the Conservatives do it will never be good enough for you,except of course if your Liberals propose it. What is it that you call help? Just throw money at it?

    Don’t you have anything good about the latest national economic figures that came out today?

  • I wouldn’t bank on the RFK appointment. It may be a popular choice because of the name recognition factor but the scientific community in the U.S. is pretty much unanimous in opposing it. And they’re being very vocal about it.

  • “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,”

    What do THIS you call humm? But I digress.

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