Conservatives may come to regret ignoring Michael Chong
When Michael Chong appeared on a stage in Edmonton months back with all of the current candidates running to lead the Conservative Party of Canada (Kevin O’Leary was a no-show), he pitched his plan for a carbon tax — and was booed, loudly and long, by the audience.

National carbon plan is on shaky ground with shifting priorities in the West | Financial Post
In announcing a plan to implement a national carbon price Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took another step toward his grand bargain — carbon pricing for pipeline approvals.

Canada’s housing boom has 30% chance of going bust, Goldman Sachs says – Business – CBC News
U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs says there’s an almost one in three chance of Canada’s housing market going bust in the near future.

Decriminalize pot ahead of legalizing it, Jagmeet Singh urges PM Trudeau | CTV News
The latest entrant to the federal NDP leadership race says it’s “offensive” the government is allowing people to be charged with marijuana possession while there’s a bill before Parliament to legalize it.
Jagmeet Singh, who currently sits in the Ontario legislature, said Canada absolutely needs “to immediately decriminalize” marijuana, a position the federal NDP has held for years. The party promised in the 2015 election to decriminalize it right away if it formed government.

Ontario to spend millions on high-speed rail line between Toronto and Windsor | CTV Toronto News

Ontario is going to spend millions to begin the process of building a high speed rail corridor between Toronto and Windsor that would cut travel times in half for passengers, CTV News Toronto has learned.
Premier Kathleen Wynne is expected to make the announcement Friday.
Sources say $15 million will be spent on an environmental assessment. During this assessment the first phase will examine design and specifications of the line that will connect Toronto to Guelph, Kitchener/Waterloo, London and eventually Chatham and Windsor.

Food insecurity in Nunavut ‘should be considered a national crisis,’ expert says – Health – CBC News
Food insecurity in Nunavut “needs remedial action,” say the authors of a new report who call for a national food policy.
The Conference Board of Canada released its 2016 food report card on provincial performance, which looks at industry prosperity, healthy food and diets, food safety, household food security and environmental sustainability.

Alberta’s Wildrose, PCs agree to create new United Conservative Party – Edmonton – CBC News
Alberta’s two conservative parties have struck a tentative deal to unite as the United Conservative Party.
Wildrose Leader Brian Jean and Progressive Conservative Leader Jason Kenney announced the proposed merger Thursday at a news conference in Edmonton.

‘Pollution isn’t free’: Catherine McKenna makes her case for pricing carbon – Politics – CBC News
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna arrived at the podium in the foyer of the House of Commons and promptly told reporters what is apparently already understood.
“Canadians realize that polluting isn’t free,” she said.
The minister has said this before: she made the observation last October, for instance, a day after the Liberal government dramatically announced that a price on carbon would be applied in all provinces.

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