Some of these "quick hits" are more like "half blogs". Anyway... Kyoto, Greenbelt, SSM, and more below...
Paul Martin took some heat yesterday over his lack of a plan for Kyoto. Stephen Harper was exactly right in this comment, as summarized by the Globe and Mail:
As was NDP House Leader Bill Blaikie:
The Liberals did claim they are close to a "voluntary agreement" with the auto industry. How impressive.
There is a better solution, of course. Rather than plans too complicated for the government to invent, or voluntary agreements that won't do much (and that reward favoured industries), there is a much easier approach -- apply the power of the marketplace by using prices to do our work for us.
Normally, this would be a situation where I'd be able to join the Conservatives and say, let's use the marketplace to solve the problem. But, unfortunately, Conservatives don't generally agree with me that the problem exists, or is worth fixing. Oh well. At least we have the Green Party
If you have access to the columnists on the Globe and Mail website -- or if you know the Google trick for getting in -- today's Murray Campbell column presents an interesting dynamic.
Just as the federal Liberals want to make greenhouse gases disappear without any effort or real change, the Ontario Liberals seem to want to eliminate sprawl in the same way. As Campbell writes:
The Globe and Mail describes the Conservatives' attack on same-sex marriage as a three-pronged one:
This is too lame to be believed.
John Tory is right to call for "reform to federal-provincial-municipal finances". It almost makes me curious to see if he could do a better job than McGuinty. Some things, however, are much more easily said than done. I want to see Tory's plan before I decide whether or not to get behind it.
John Sewell today writes about why it is a dumb idea to close the only jail in Toronto.
And John Barber chides Toronto City Hall for being so slow in having our Tourism Action Plan include a strategy for making Toronto a destination for gay tourism.