NDP says Ford’s anti-environment move comes with costs
A News Release from Ontario’s New Democratic Party
Posted June 16th, 2018 on Niagara At Large
Queen’s Park – Doug Ford’s anti-environment crusade will put Ontario’s air, water and land at risk – and cost people and the province billions.
Ford announced Friday he’ll remove the cap on how much industrial operations are allowed to pollute, despite having no plan for a replacement climate change strategy.
“Does Doug Ford not believe in climate change, or does he just think a climate strategy is not part of his job?” asked Peter Tabuns, the NDP MPP-elect for Toronto-Danforth. “Scrapping all clean-air and climate change initiatives will hurt Ontario – and doing that without any sort of a replacement carbon reduction initiative is completely irresponsible.
“Ontario families deserve clean lakes, and healthy smog-free air. They deserve a plan to leave our children and grandchildren with a province at least as clean and beautiful as the province we inherited from our parents.”
Tabuns said the financial costs of ripping up the cap-and-trade market contracts may be enormous for people, companies and the province. Withdrawing Ontario from the cap-and-trade market without a replacement program means Doug Ford risks a lengthy legal battle – paid for by Ontario families – with the federal government, who require provinces to have a carbon reduction strategy.
“Ontario businesses have spent billions on carbon allowances, including hundreds of millions on carbon allowances that apply to the period starting in 2021,” said Tabuns. “If cap-and-trade is scrapped and these allowances are now worthless in Ontario, will the province be on the hook to compensate those businesses? And how will Mr. Ford replace the $1.9 billion per year that the cap-and-trade auction brings in for the province? Will he be making another $2 billion in cuts to programs Ontarians count on?
“As we saw with the Liberals’ cancelled gas plants scandal, costs can climb very quickly when you start ripping up contracts.”
Ontario does not have a carbon tax. It participates in a cap-and-trade market with Quebec and California. Under cap-and-trade, big polluters have a limit on the amount of greenhouse gas emissions they can produce, and emissions allowances are bought and traded.
HERE IS The News Release from Ford’s PC’s on this issue –
Friday, June 15, 2018
Premier-Designate, Doug Ford Announces an end to Ontario’s Cap-and-Trade Carbon Tax
Incoming government will use every power available to challenge federal government’s authority to impose a carbon tax on Ontario families, individuals and small businesses
Queen’s Park — Premier-Designate Doug Ford today announced that his cabinet’s first act following the swearing in of his government will be to cancel Ontario’s current cap-and-trade scheme, and challenge the federal government’s authority to impose a carbon tax on the people of Ontario.
“I made a promise to the people that we would take immediate action to scrap the cap-and-trade carbon tax and bring their gas prices down,” said Ford. “Today, I want to confirm that as a first step to lowering taxes in Ontario, the carbon tax’s days are numbered.”
Ford also announced that Ontario would be serving notice of its withdrawal from the Joint Agreement linking Ontario, Quebec’s and California’s Cap-and-Trade markets as well as the pro-carbon tax Western Climate Initiative. The Premier-designate confirmed that he has directed officials to immediately take steps to withdraw Ontario from future auctions for Cap-and-Trade credits. The government will provide clear rules for the orderly wind down of the cap and trade program.
Finally, Ford announced that he will be issuing specific directions to his incoming Attorney General to use all available resources at the disposal of the government to challenge the federal government’s authority to arbitrarily impose a carbon tax on Ontario families.
“Eliminating the carbon tax and cap-and-trade is the right thing to do and is a key component in our plan to bring your gas prices down by 10 cents per litre,” said Ford. “It also sends a clear message that things are now different. No longer will Ontario’s government answer to insiders, special interests and elites. Instead, we will now have a government for the people; help is here.”
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