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Canadians like tax incentives tied to good environment practises.

It’s been said elsewhere, but I’ll repeat it – Dion’s plan of giving tax cuts to those Canadians who are environmentally responsible resonates over Harper’s plan of giving tax cuts with no strings attached – MASSIVELY:

Canadians are more likely to support tax cuts tied to good environmental behaviour than tax cuts with no strings attached, a new poll suggests. Decima Research asked people to choose between two hypothetical election promises – a $1,000 Conservative tax break for every household and a $1,000 Liberal break limited to households that took pro-environment action. Fifty-one per cent of respondents said they would prefer the Liberal promise versus 28 per cent who preferred the Conservative pledge, say the survey results provided to The Canadian Press. Twenty-one per cent were unsure.

Liberal Leader Stephane Dion has advocated tax breaks tied to green behaviour, such as the purchase of energy-efficient appliances or the installation of home energy generation systems.

The only province where they prefer getting a free ride over getting rewarded for good environmental behaviour is Alberta… but even there, the margin is only 46 – 37 in favour of Harper’s plan. That’s not a bad split from that province.. and I’d be willing to take that policy into an election campaign and hammer on it every chance I got.

UPDATE: I’d say this poll is 1 indication that Dion and his proposed policies isn’t as much of an idiot to a large majority of Canadians, as Candace (of the “so-called non-partisan blog” Waking Up On Planet X) seems to think he is. As I said over there, the Quebec separatists and the other Liberal leadership candidates underestimated Dion, and Conservatives do so now at their peril.

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16 comments to Canadians like tax incentives tied to good environment practises.

  • Dionosaur

    I put more faith in Dion than Harper to act on green policies.

    Well this Green member thinks just the opposite. However, as Cameron wisely put, the Greens are the best choice of all.

  • Dion’s policy is on the mark, while Harper’s is not.

    It’s a small ‘g’ green policy, while the big ‘G’ Green policies (meaning associated with the federal party and not just environmentally green) are in keeping with Dion’s direction, or should I say Dion is borrowing from Green policies… either way it’s good for Canada if action is taken.

    I put more faith in Dion than Harper to act on green policies. That said, I still think the Green Party is the Party with the best plan, but I’m a little biased.
    (where’s the regular ‘wink’ smiley face!?!)

    😉

  • Of course not, because as long as some Liberal leader comes along after the fact and gets the words right when in opposition, Canadians can think it was the Liberals idea all along and vote for them. Then the Libs can ignore it once in office.

    I think I know this song, but weren’t there black and white cats?

    So can we expect the Liberals in the committee examining the Clean Air Act to help the NDP and the Bloc get these kinds of measures into the legislation?

    Absolutely, if it’s about making good legislation.

    Or can we expect more mealy-mouthed whining from partisan hacks like you? Can we expect the Liberals to try and derail this in order to use it as an election issue to regain power, for power’s sake?

    I suppose you consider yourself nonpartisan? What matters is the legislative outcome, quite apart from the fact that the NDP is no stranger to grasping self-interest. Your adoption of one of our late leader’s more unfortunate bon-mots is interesting on that score.

  • Mike said:
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    And as for who is currently relevant in Parliament and who is not, let me paraphrase one Paul Martin Jr.:

    “You are two seats short.”[/quote]

    Dumbest comment Martin ever made.. it showed his arrogance. He felt he could win the 2006 election and didn’t need to compromise with the NDP, and he paid for it.

  • Gosh Jason, did it ever occur to you that if Canadians were aware that such a policy was that of the NDP or the Greens, they would decided to vote for those parties?

    Of course not, because as long as some Liberal leader comes along after the fact and gets the words right when in opposition, Canadians can think it was the Liberals idea all along and vote for them. Then the Libs can ignore it once in office.

    Not that I care either way, so long as a good policy gets implemented, it hardly matters whether its done by the Libs, Cons, NDP, Greens or anyone else.

    So can we expect the Liberals in the committee examining the Clean Air Act to help the NDP and the Bloc get these kinds of measures into the legislation? Can we expect the Liberals to support the NDP policy on this, which was introduced as a private members bill in the last sitting?

    Or can we expect more mealy-mouthed whining from partisan hacks like you? Can we expect the Liberals to try and derail this in order to use it as an election issue to regain power, for power’s sake?

    And as for who is currently relevant in Parliament and who is not, let me paraphrase one Paul Martin Jr.:

    “You are two seats short.”

  • Linking environmental action to tax breaks has good intentions, but the problem I have with this poll is that it doesn’t say what being ‘environmentally responsible’ means in order to get a tax break.

    Does it mean recycling? Not buying an SUV? It could be a myriad of things that most Canadians do already?

    So why create a bureaucratic structure that cost money (that could be put towards cleaning to environment), to keep track of environmental actions that Canadians already do.

  • The Liberal party can implement its platform, which makes it of slightly more moment. The NDP and Green platforms could rest on annexing Bulgaria and colonizing Mars for all the political relevance they typically have.

    But, of course, Dion was quite the ‘decider’ in his… 1.5 tenure in a Martin minority. If one chooses to bookkeep by years instead of parliamentary sessions, thus including the Martin death-throes as productive policy time.

    But, a definitive showcasing of his environmental preferences, I’m sure. I only hope Jack Layton’s matchless partnership with the Prime Minister continues to ‘get results.’

  • BBS point is an interesting one only in that the tax cuts promised were never part of Dion’s platform when he was actually environment minister, but were actually part of the NDP platform. And the Green platform.

    Canadians seem to prefer the NDP and Green platforms, which this poll labeled as “Liberal”…

    Funny, eh?

  • Well then BBS, that should worry you even more as a Conservative, considering the parties were identified and the Liberals version was so massively picked, seeing as the 2 in “regular” polling are virtually tied.

    That would indicate to me that Dion’s plan has a very good chance of resonating among voters and picking up votes when he campaigns on it.

  • BBS

    Call it what you will, but adding the political parties does affect the question. If that question was asked of me, I would answer the Conservative tax cut, as I would prefer a Conservative government. Remove the parties, and I would probably pick the environmental option. That’s why I commented on this particular poll, when generally I don’t comment on polls.

  • Thank you Burlives.. it amuses me how Tory bloggers seem to think they are a) experts on polling, and would word any given poll question to be “less skewed” then what it really is, and b)  that the questions are always biased against them, if it shows a result they dont like or wont accept.

  • burlivespipe

    Ah, let me handle that Scott-T… Hmm, the chances that there will be an NdP or Green government to offer any incentives would be that of Howie Mandel picking up a Nobel prize in the near future..

  • Way to not address the questions BBS raised.

  • Ah BBS, I was expecting a Tory Blogger standard response  to get on here, which is “the poll must be skewed or unfairly asked if we’re behind in it”
    I wouldnt have put down money the first one would be coming from you though. You’re usually at least half-reasonable :em44:

  • BBS

    I wonder what the poll results would have been if they asked for a Conservative $1000 dollar cut, a Liberal $1000 Environment cut, an NDP $1000 Environment Cut and a Green $1000 Environment cut. By adding the political parties to the hypothetical poll question they skewed the question significantly. How many people answered based on the environmental part of the question and how many people answered based on the political party represented.

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