Hypocrisy means saying one thing and doing another.
Under that definition, Preston Manning has just nailed federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair for hypocrisy on his energy policy.
Mulcair recently made headlines by arguing energy producers working Alberta’s oil sands should have to pay for the environmental damage they cause.
And yet, as the former Reform Party leader told CBC Radio’s The House last Saturday, when Mulcair was Quebec’s minister of sustainable development and the environment, he never suggested giant energy producer Hydro-Quebec should pay for the environmental damage it caused.
Noting Canadian hydro companies have flooded forested areas “the size of Lake Ontario,” Manning asked where was Mulcair’s “reservoir tax that’s the hydro equivalent of the carbon levy “¦ It applies to Alberta but doesn’t apply to Quebec? It applies to petroleum but doesn’t apply to hydro?”