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Adam Wilson

Adam Wilson is a student in International Development and Urban Studies at McGill University.

A Canadian Carbon Tax Will Superficially Lower Our Emissions

Carbon emissions are the leading contributor of greenhouse gas emissions in the world, and they are rightly the target of climate plans aimed at slowing global climate change. Carbon taxes are one of the means by which economists have suggested we lower our emissions. British Columbia currently operates a ‘revenue-neutral’ carbon tax, the province of Alberta and the Canadian Federal Government have both announced plans to implement a carbon tax, and Conservative Party leadership candidate Michael Chong has also proposed a carbon tax. Given this, it appears that carbon taxes are entering the Canadian economy whether they work or not. Unfortunately, they do not work, and while a Canadian carbon tax may reduce Canadian carbon emissions, it will do nothing to reduce global carbon emissions.   The theory behind a carbon tax is that by increasing the price of goods to properly reflect their true social cost, that the demand for the goods will fall. It follows that this drop in demand will theoretically result in a reduction of emissions. Assuming that this is the result, if a carbon tax was applied broadly in Canada, our total carbon emissions would fall. This may seem to be a reason to celebrate, however we have only considered Canadian carbon emissions. What about global carbon emissions? —————— More from the PAH: Men of power and their God-fearing appointees by Neil Cameron Principal Fortier is the Hero McGill University Needed by Adam Wilson How to press reset between NATO and Russia? by Vincent Huston —————— Let’s assume that the production of one ton of aluminum in Canada results in the emission of four tons of carbon dioxide. Given the less stringent environmental regulations in China, let’s assume that producing the same ton of aluminum in China results in the emission of six tons of… Read More

Principal Fortier is the Hero McGill University Needed

  On February 13th, the board of directors of the Student’s Society of McGill University (SSMU) rejected a motion that would have removed Arts Undergraduate Society representative Igor Sadikov from the board. This was in response to a tweet that Sadikov had sent out on February 6th, which encouraged people to “punch a Zionist”. While Zionism can be seen as a contentious issue, it is not the political connotations regarding Zionism that should have been questioned. What should have been the focus of the situation was that an elected representative of the McGill University student body incited violence towards some of the very members he represents.   At the February 13th meeting, representative Jasmine Segal came under fire for simply stating that Sadikov’s tweet was hateful. Supporters of Sadikov were present in the gallery at the time of this meeting, and had the audacity to call for the removal of Segal based purely on her support for Zionism. Simultaneously, none of the Executive members of SSMU had the courage to condemn the comments being made towards Segal.   At this point it was clear that SSMU had failed Jasmine Segal, failed Zionists, and failed the McGill student body. McGill University became the laughing stock of Canada, as it managed to garner enough attention that satirical news source The Beaverton published an article on the situation. Luckily for McGill students, McGill University Principal Suzanne Fortier had the courage to stand up to SSMU. Reports indicate that Fortier had informed the Executive members of SSMU, that if they did not recommend the resignation of Sadikov, she would issue a public statement condemning SSMU’s inaction and would consider taking legal action against them, resulting in a loss of funding.   Yesterday, February 17th, hours after meeting with Fortier, days after the vote not… Read More

Setting the Record Straight on Canadian Values

On January 30th, 2017 a gunman entered the Centre culturel islamique de Québec in Quebec City and tragically took the lives of six Canadians. This event was perceived in Canada as blatant islamophobia and an attack on our closely held Canadian values. However, in an attempt to explain what is still unclear, individuals have pointed to rising islamophobia in North America, perpetuated by American President Donald Trump, National Front President and French Politician Marine Le Pen, and Conservative Party leadership candidate Kellie Leitch.   Kellie Leitch has proposed screening new immigrants and refugees to Canada for ‘Canadian-values’ using face-to-face interviews with immigration officers. On Leitch’s website, she has listed equal opportunity, hard work, helping others, generosity, freedom, and tolerance as examples of these Canadian values. Following the tragedy in Quebec, Leitch and her proposal received staunch criticism across party lines, with Conservative leadership candidate Michael Chong saying that the tragedy was a “direct result” of the actions of Leitch and others, while NDP leadership candidate Peter Julian stated that he condemns Leitch’s hatred and bigotry.     However, Leitch’s screening policy has found broad support with 67% of all Canadians supporting screening for Canadian values according to a poll conducted by the Toronto Star, while a poll by Insights West found that it is supported by 79% of Conservatives and 54% of all Canadians. If we believe the rhetoric of Chong and Julian, we must ask ourselves what is so islamophobic, bigoted, racist, and hateful about screening for Canadian values?   The answer? Absolutely nothing. In fact, as previously stated, ‘tolerance’ is listed as one of those Canadian values and Kellie Leitch has stated that her values test would apply to every new Canadian, which includes white supremacists attempting to immigrate. There is nothing inherently hateful about ensuring that new… Read More

Behind the Rhetoric: Kellie Leitch

The first thing that strikes me about Kellie Leitch is how she compares to the numerous other candidates running for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. Kellie is one of only two women in a crowded field of men running to replace Stephen Harper as the permanent leader of the Party. Kellie Leitch is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon by trade, has an M.B.A., and has experience as the Minister of Labour and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women. Her impressive resume dwarfs those of the other candidates running for leader, which will present voters with a viable opportunity to shape our Party for 2019. Kellie’s vision for the Conservative Party is one that all Conservatives can unite behind in order to take back Canada.   Kellie began volunteering for the Conservative Party at the age of fourteen, but since then she has worked up her way through the ranks of the Party. She is now in a position to fight for the leadership of the Party, after being a campus club president, managing campaigns, and serving on the Party executive. Kellie has never forgot about where she came from and how important the grassroots of the Party is. Kellie’s experience with the grassroots has led to her deep respect of the work and dedication that grassroots members contribute. This is one of the reasons that she is staunchly opposed to ending supply management in Canada, unlike leadership candidate Maxime Bernier. During the Leadership Debate in Saskatoon, Kellie cemented her support for the system because of the vote party members had on the issue at the Conservative convention in Vancouver. She has stated that she would only change her view if the party members changed their position. Kellie’s respect for the grassroots is a quality we need in… Read More