Ontario’s “Government for the People” moves to Reduce Cost of Natural Gas. End of carbon tax will save consumers about $80 a year
News from the Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford
Posted August 29th, 2018 on Niagara At Large
(A Brief Foreword Note from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper –
For all of you older people across Ontario who are more in to saving about 22 cents a day on your gas bill more than what might happen to the climate and weather conditions sometime in the future when you may not be around anyway, this news from Doug Ford’s self-described “Government for the People” may be cause for applause.
For younger people who will be around 20 or 30 years from now and are already concerned about the increasing frequency of wildfires, droughts, floods and severe storms, batten down the hatches and get ready for an even more stormy ride.
Your elders outnumber you and have their buck-a-beer savior and “carbon tax” buster in charge for at least the next four years ago – enough time to lose critical time in addressing that climate change crisis that we will never get back.
– Doug Draper, NAL publisher, journalist, award-winning environment writer, and one of probably only a minority of older people in this province who refuses to line up with my age group to drink the Kool-Aid to save about a quarter a day on the price of natural gas.
Yes “FRIENDS,” to channel Ford’s call-out to his grey hair flock, that’s about a couple of dimes and pennies a day that will get you about 10 minutes at a parking metre, place at even further risk our children’s future.)
TORONTO — Ontario’s Government for the People is acting to reduce the cost of natural gas for Ontario families and businesses, Premier Doug Ford announced today. This is part of the Ford Government’s overall commitment to put more money in people’s pockets and deliver immediate tax relief for lower and middle class families.
“Your government is committed to giving real relief to people all across Ontario, and helping small businesses and job creators like Troy’s Diner,” said Ford. “Reducing energy costs and making them more transparent is a key part of this promise. By removing the carbon tax from natural gas bills, we’re saving families about $80 a year and small businesses about $285 a year. Promise made, promise kept.”
The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has been notified to take immediate steps to remove the cost of the carbon tax from natural gas rates by October 1, 2018. Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, wrote to the OEB outlining the government’s expectations that natural gas utilities remove the cost for consumers, and ensure any over-collection of the carbon tax is refunded back to hardworking Ontario families and businesses.
“Eliminating the carbon tax will provide real relief to lower and middle class families and Ontario businesses,” said Minister Rickford. “This government remains committed to making life more affordable for all Ontarians.”
The orderly wind down of the carbon tax is a key step towards fulfilling the government’s commitment to put more money in people’s pockets and to give real tax relief to lower and middle class families. Eliminating the carbon tax removes a burden from Ontario businesses, allowing them to grow, create jobs and compete around the world.
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