Left abandoned, sadly, are millions of middle-class families living in leaky suburban houses and driving minivans who really want to do something positive, and seek direction.
But who speaks for them?
Not the Greens or the Dippers, because public transit, high-density housing. walking and bicycles are not a lifestyle option in my riding of Halton, or in the actual places where most Canadians live. These folks drive cars. They live cars. ItÂs a car and commuting culture. ItÂs also a swimming pool-in-the-backyard culture, a single-family-house culture and a consumer goods culture. Who will help these people do the right thing, because they are motivated for it, instead of lecturing, berating and beating on them?
Not the activists. Not the socialists. And, we have just heard, not the Liberals.
Garth lumps the GPC and NDP together when it comes to ideas about how to solve the environmental crisis facing Canadians and the world. Garth has obviously not read the Green Party Green Plan.
Garth the Green Party has put forward a plan that does not require your constituents to abandon their cars, to abandon their pools. It calls on government to reduce income taxes and put money back in the pockets of your constituents. It also calls on shifting those taxes onto activities and products that harm the environment. By giving your constituents more money they can choose to continue to spend it on, now more expensive, polluting products, or choose to buy use products or alter their lifestyles to keep this new money.
Garth I salute you bringing this discussion on-line.