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Canada Congratulates Australia for Ending Carbon Tax

Australian PM Tony Abbott with Canadian PM Stephen HarperCanadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, right, and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott attended a bilateral meeting last month. The Harper government is facing criticism after congratulating the government of Australia for ending its carbon tax. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

By Tom Parry, CBC News Posted: Nov 15, 2013 9:16 AM ET

Paul Calandra, parliamentary secretary to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, issued a statement this week commending the move by Australia’s recently elected Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

“Canada applauds the decision by Prime Minister Abbott to introduce legislation to repeal the carbon tax,” the statement reads.

“The Australian prime minister’s decision will be noticed around the world and sends an important message.”

The Conservatives have used the carbon tax issue to great effect domestically. The government has long accused the Opposition NDP of wanting to impose “a tax on everything,” a claim NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has vehemently denied.

The Conservatives campaigned successfully against Liberal Leader Stephane Dion and his “Green Shift” policy in the 2008 election, using the same “tax on everything” line. Dion’s plan, which included a carbon tax, was derided by Harper as a cash grab and was rejected by voters at the polls.

Read rest of article here.

Wind energy biggest loser as Abbott sweeps to power

By Giles Parkinson on 9 September 2013

It appears the reign of the eco-nuts has come to an end in Australia. We should be cautiously hopeful that the new Abbott government will bring an environment of sanity and common sense that seems to have been lost of late. I am so jealous. One day (soon) I hope they’ll be writing similar stories about us crazy canucks.

Clearly, the mood has turned. Three years ago Australians voted to save the planet, make love and then shoot the lights out. Now they want to axe the tax, trash the turbines, did up coal – and then go down with Palmer’s remake of the Titanic.

Entire article found here: http://reneweconomy.com.au/2013/wind-energy-biggest-loser-as-abbott-sweeps-to-power-15389

And on a more lighter note…..