Mid-week podcast: Inside baseball

The halls of Parliament Hill are filled with baseball lovers who were thrilled to see Edwin Encarnacion slam a three-run homer in the 11th inning to lift the Toronto Blue Jays to a 5-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night. 

On this week’s podcast we ask, what is it about baseball that attracts politicos?

“Baseball is a game of failure. You take a lot of swings and you miss and you play a 162-game season,” said Mike Storeshaw, director of communications for the office of interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose.

“That marathon time between elections you’re trying to be incrementally better than the other guys, incrementally more appealing to the voter than the other guys. There’s some strategy and some tactics involved in that.” 

“I like the stats. I like being able to dive deep and really geek out all winter,” added longtime Liberal Rob Silver. “There’s certainly an element from the back rooms in politics of getting into the numbers…it’s also the high of winning.”

“The great thing about baseball and the parallel you can make with politics is every game, every inning, is different. You never know what to expect,” said Karl Bélanger, the former national director of the NDP. 

“And it’s never over until it’s over…you can always come back. You can be down eight runs with only one out left and you can still come back and win.”

Listen to more of that conversation on the podcast.

National price on carbon, then what?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took provinces by surprise Monday by announcing they have until 2018 to adopt a carbon pricing scheme, or the federal government will step in and impose a price for them.

The prime minister told MPs in the House of Commons that provinces can craft a cap-and-trade system or put a direct price on carbon pollution — but it must meet the federal benchmark or “floor price.”

“If neither price nor cap and trade is in place by 2018, the government of Canada will implement a price in that jurisdiction,” he said.

Trudeau said the proposed price on carbon dioxide pollution should start at a minimum of $10 a tonne in 2018, rising by $10 each year to $50 a tonne by 2022.

Will that be enough to help Canada reach its emissions targets?

We asked Dale Marshall, the National Program Manager at Environmental Defence.

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