Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Dark Night for the Government

It was a dark and stormy night. Well, there was probably a bit of a storm in the PMO when David McGuinty revealed yesterday that the opposition had accidentally received a Government speech by fax.

Part of the document disclosed a plan to ban 'inefficient' light bulbs. I'm sure David was quite pleased to see that his brother's recent initiative is being copied.

Now would the combined political brain trust of Ontario and the ROC please come up with a plan for fitting lamp shades over those new CFL's? Or do we all have to go out and buy new lamps? And what do we do with the old ones? Throw them in the landfill?

David McGuinty was concerned about how the 'leak' would affect stock markets today.

In the short-term, I would suggest investing in any company involved with the manufacture of incandescent light bulbs.

I'm sure I won't be the only one planning to hoard them.


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Update: Just caught Environment Minister John Baird on Canada AM. Good for him for taking responsibility regarding the administrative mistake with the errant fax.

I can think of many times during the previous federal Liberal government, and the present Ontario Liberal government when ministers in question buried their heads in the sand and played the 'see no evil' game.

A find example, Minister Baird. Mistakes are human, but they must be owned. Well done.


Upperdate: Official unleaked version - CBC. Looks like I've still got til 2012 to accumulate my cache. Whew!

A few other Blogging Tories are not greatly impressed with this latest government edict.

Phantom Observer puts a positive spin on the so-called 'leak'.

Wednesday Evening Update: Gary Lunn shed some light on the situation on Mike Duffy Live tonight, by saying that only 'inefficient' lighting will be banned - not necessarily incandescent bulbs.

Good background here from CTV regarding inefficient light bulbs.

Thursday Morning Update: A very interesting behind-the-scenes account of the slip-up.

Ms. Caron may want to redo that fax listing.


22 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was sure Baird was going to say "the Liberals had 13 years to send a fax to the wrong place"...

Seriously, this guy shows no sign of even beginning to understand his portfolio. Oh well, as long as he continues to spin and spew, I guess he is doing his job.

Red Tory said...

Do I gather from your post that if it turns out to be the case that the government is going to phase-out incandescent bulbs, you’re going to actually *gasp* disagree with the Conservatives? I’ll have to mark that day in my calendar.

BTW, on Sunday (Earth Day), I wrote this:

...maybe this example is indicative of the price we’re going to be paying for the “eco-madness” that’s sweeping like a viral epidemic through the body politic these days. Do politicians actually look at the hard, practical facts before they rush to compete with each other in this absurd game of gesture politics when it comes to the environment?

You can read more here.

Zac said...

Ah, the nanny state strikes again I see.

Much like RT, if this turns out to be true, I look forward to your harsh criticism of the Conservative Party.

Anonymous said...

Joanne
Every country is banning the old reliable light bilbs
NDP and Green parties would never shut up if Canadian Governments didn't follow suit
Funny how sanctimonious Liberal supporters are

Florence

Joanne (True Blue) said...

I was sure Baird was going to say "the Liberals had 13 years to send a fax to the wrong place"...

Ha! That's a good one.


Red, Zac, I am going to start my own party - The Green Backlash Party.

I hear you Red about the "eco-madness" and knee-jerk reactions from politicians who throw out whatever policy they think the public wants to hear.

Just got back from the local store where a big sign flogging store-brand cloth shopping bags read: 'We can do better'. Except the 'can' was crossed out and written above was the word 'must'.

Shades of David Suzuki! We'll all being brainwashed! I'm not saying we don't have a problem, but let's think this out, and not be pandering to every special interest group that shrieks the loudest about the apocalyptic consequences.

Green fatigue. That's what I have.

Rant over.

Red Tory said...

Funny how sanctimonious Liberal supporters are

Funny how people make sweeping generalizations based on little to nothing more than their febrile imaginations.

wilson said...

IMO PMSH and Baird have the 'enviro file' in the bag!
Come up the middle between planet devastation and economic disaster.
In other words, Kyoto by 2020 instead of 2012.
Canadians will like it and the Red Green Show, single issue Dion & May will be scrambling to become relevent.

Red Tory said...

I see Wilson has captured the cynicism of the CPC quite nicely.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Speaking of the new Red Green show...

Swift said...

According to Craig Worden the new Red Green show's 52% approval rating by liberal voters is a reasonably good sign for the Liberals. Dion must be doing even worse than I thought if 52% is reasonably good from liberal supporters. Could it be that Red Tory is not the only one who has decided to check out reality?

PGP said...

It won't stand there will remain a place for incandescents because the facts of energy and economics make it so.
While it's disappointing that our conservative government is willing to pander to the no brain set with this kind of announcement you can be sure that well before any such ban is ever close to being enacted there will be some more intelligent actions taken.

Pandering to the whims of the ignorant is no long term strategy.

wayward son said...

Seeing as it is good to talk about how poorly the "red-green" show is going over with the public, I thought it best to mention that the Decima poll released today had the Conservatives at 30% - the lowest they have polled since December 2005 (that is the lowest by any polling company; angus, SES Ipsos, Leger, etc).

Two polls now have shown that any disapproval of the red-green pact is not translating into lost votes for either party.

As for lights that don't fit lamps, do you seriously not think that companies are already developing light bulbs that are more efficient and WILL fit?

Joanne (True Blue) said...

As for lights that don't fit lamps, do you seriously not think that companies are already developing light bulbs that are more efficient and WILL fit?

Let's hope so. I don't want to throw my lamps out yet.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

W.S. - Good thing that poll didn't come out yesterday. It might have changed the NDP's vote against the Afghanistan motion..

wayward son said...

"W.S. - Good thing that poll didn't come out yesterday. It might have changed the NDP's vote against the Afghanistan motion."

You are not saying that the NDP vote is unprincipled and changes based on political gain are you?

The vote yesterday was not a confidence vote, as far as I know, although Harper could have certainly taken the results as a matter of confidence if he wished.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

You are not saying that the NDP vote is unprincipled and changes based on political gain are you?

Call me jaded, but yes. And Harper could have made it a confidence vote but I doubt that he would have. He can get enough political capital out of it as it is.

I should have been a strategist.

liberal supporter said...

The so called incandescent light ban (at least the Ontario version) does not ban a specific kind of bulb, it only sets an efficiency standard, so many lumens per watt.

In this article about halfway down, you can see a comparison of efficiencies for different lighting methods.

Companies such as GE already have higher efficiency incandescents. With the ban guaranteeing the market, they will invest in them more. I think they expect to make them 4 times more efficient, putting them well within the range of compact fluorescents.

So in addition to the special exceptions for fridge and oven bulbs, there should be plenty of incandescents that meet the standard.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Thanks, L.S. That makes some kind of sense anyway. I appreciate the explanation.

Richard said...

for the past couple of weeks my mother has been calling CFLs "McGuinty bulbs".

Somehow "Harper bulbs" doesn't have the same ring ...

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Richard, that's funny. Yeah, screwy light bulbs and McGuinty seem to go together. ;)

Steph said...

Just got back from the local store where a big sign flogging store-brand cloth shopping bags read: 'We can do better'. Except the 'can' was crossed out and written above was the word 'must'.

Wow, considering your post today it looks like this was foreshadowing. Maybe they will now add the words "or else" to the end of that sign.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

lol!!! Good one, Steph. ;)