I don’t know if Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a recreational boxer, approaches politics like he’s in the ring. But he appears to be using a classic boxing strategy in confronting the opponents of a national carbon price: allow them to flail in the early rounds, and then knocking them out when they’ve tired.
Some long suffering members of the climate fight might have wanted their new hope to come out of the corner punching. Trudeau had the electoral mandate to do so. He won 184 of 338seats in Parliament and a majority of districts in 11 of the country’s 13 provinces and territories. He was clear he would make polluting more expensive if given the chance. Canadians voted for a carbon tax, or something very similar.
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