The attached piece was written sixteen years ago with my friend John Roberts who at that point was no longer a politician. Disclaimer – I was working at the time for the Canadian Railways but still believe that the analysis of cost shifting in the freight transportation mode remains valid. Wanted to include this older piece to show that my concern with Greenhouse Gas emissions and other air contaminants, cf. Karl Kapp
is not recent. These issues are of concern to the modern day NDP and Green parties as well. Our (naive) hope that the new government at the time of Liberal PM Paul Martin might seriously tackle these issues was misplaced. Unfortunately the strain of progressive, reformist liberalism which John Roberts personified has disappeared from the current incarnation of the Liberal Party.