Monday, June 13, 2005

The Tyranny of Ecofriendliness, Redux

If you don't get the results you want from elected legislators, do an end-run around them to unelected bureaucrats: Mayor Bob Chiarelli wants to place a tax on plastic shopping bags. Chiarelli says it's part of his plan to see fewer plastic bags in landfill sites across Ottawa. The City of Ottawa is in talks with the Ontario Government to impose the tax. It couldn't get passed by City Council directly, but that doesn't dissuade him; no, rather, that just means that it has to be imposed from above, for our own good. Ass. I previously wrote on this asinine scheme the last time it came up, almost exactly a year ago, here; not much has changed, except for Chiarelli's seemingly increased contempt for the actual citizens of Ottawa. At least this might mean, given the potential unpopularity of such a tax, that he doesn't plan to run again. That would certainly be a plus.

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