One of the top opponents of the NB Power deal wrote a commentary in the newspaper this weekend in which he reiterates his them that government should not be “providing across-the-board energy subsidies to industries” (although as a side point no one has yet convinced me that resetting NB Power’s generation model to a lower cost structure is a subsidy).
Then with a seamless act of hubris – in the very next breath, he makes a rousing case that New Brunswick should be providing across-the-board subsidies to the green energy industry.
What continues to bug me (well beyond the NB Power debate) is that these intellectuals all ‘hate’ subsidizing industry – unless it is the industries for which they are advocating subsidies. Western Canadian think tank Phds will roll out endless arguments against subsidizing industries in Atlantic Canada and at the same time support massive subsidies to the agriculture industry.
All I am asking for is intellectual honesty. Admit you like subsidies when it is your pet industries and then we can start the debate about which pet industries are more valuable.
But this kind of double talk even confuses me – I can only imagine what it does to the average guy on the street trying to make sense of it.
It’s a bit like the U.S. tea partiers demanding the government keep its grubby hands of their Medicare. Everyone is against big government unless it’s the part of big government they are benefitting from.