News from the Ontario Conservative Party, March 30th, 2015)
(A Brief Note from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper – It is entirely predictable that a Mike Harris/Tim Hudak residue of a Conservative Party in Ontario would align with its Harper brethren in Ottawa in believing that climate change has little or nothing to do with exponential increases in carbon (i.e. – gas, coal, etc.) emissions over the past half century in this country and others on this globe.
It is also entirely interesting to me, and should be to all of you, that Conservative politicians who claim to care about what comes out of our pockets are not equally concerned about the impacts that climate change and all of its extreme weather, has on droughts, floods, super cold winters and other weather-related matters that trump prices up on our grocery bills, insurances rates, the damage and maintenance necessary to keep our roads and other infrastructure working, and other core expenses. Where are Hudak, Dykstra, Nicholson and other puppets for Harper when it comes to that side of the balance sheet? Or are they interested in any balance sheets beyond those of their corporate masters in the petro-chemical industry? if we don’t make some effort to reduce carbon emissions? All they seem interested in doing is running Canada as if it were little more than a gas station.)
(Now here is the media release from the Ontario Conservatives.)
QUEEN’S PARK, March30th, 2015 – The Ontario PC Caucus today asked the government to commit to not levying another misguided tax on the people of Ontario, specifically a carbon tax.
This is the second in a series of commitments the PC Caucus is asking of the government in advance of its budget. Speaking on behalf of her party, PC Environment and Climate Change Critic Lisa Thompson discussed the financial burden a carbon tax has placed on residents and businesses in locations where it has been introduced.
“In B.C. the carbon tax is costing farmers an extra $4,300 a year and in Australia it raised energy prices by 9%. A carbon tax is simply a cost Ontario’s residents and businesses cannot afford. Ontarians already pay some of the highest energy costs in North America and a carbon tax wills only further drive jobs out of this province.”
Additionally, Thompson charged that the consultations the government has been holding about Ontario’s Climate Change Strategy are really just a cover for the next tax they will be putting on the people of the province. “In last year’s election the only thing you said to the people of Ontario about a carbon tax is that you wouldn’t implement one,” said Thompson. She asked whether the Premier would stick to her promise and commit to not introducing a new tax.
(Niagara At Large invites you to join in the conversation by sharing your views on the content of this post below. For reasons of transparency and promoting civil dialogue, NAL only posts comments from individuals who share their first and last name with their views.)