Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff Fighting to Make Life More Affordable for Drivers

Ontario Government announces the end of outdated Drive Clean Program and vows to continue to stand against the federal carbon tax.

A News Release from the Constituency Office of Niagara West Conservative MPP Sam Oosterhoff

Posted April 1st, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff

Grimsby- The Ontario government is putting people first and making life more convenient and affordable for drivers by ending Ontario’s ineffective Drive Clean program, while continuing the fight against the newly imposed federal carbon tax. “Our government promised to make life more affordable for the people of Ontario,” said Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West.

“The end of the outdated Drive Clean program will save people of Niagara West time, while saving the taxpayers of Ontario more than $40 Million a year.”

According to the Auditor General, on-road emissions have declined so steeply they are no longer the biggest contributor to smog. 75% of these reductions have come through stricter manufacturing standards, requirements for cleaner fuels and the natural retirement of older vehicles — not as a result of Drive Clean.

Ontario’s Drive Clean program, long seen by many as more of a cash grab than a clean air program, is now totally gone.

While the Ontario government cuts red tape and reduces the burden on taxpayers, the federal government’s carbon tax takes effect today. The carbon tax will cost the average Ontario driver an additional 4.4 cents per litre.

“We’re focused on keeping money in people’s pockets, not taking it away,” said Premier Doug Ford. “Unfortunately, the federal carbon tax is going to make the cost of filling up your tank more expensive. I promise the people of Ontario that our government will continue to fight this tax with every tool at our disposal.”

As part of its Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan, the province has committed to protecting Ontario air from smog-causing pollutants by strengthening on-road enforcement of emissions standards and by launching a new emissions testing program for heavy-duty diesel vehicles, such as commercial transport trucks, in fall 2019. This new program will result in more major polluters being tested.

“We know that the carbon tax will raise costs to every person in Ontario that drives a car,” said Rod Phillips, Minister of the Environment Conservation and Parks.  Our Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan serves as proof that we can fight climate change without a carbon tax.”

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2 responses to “Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff Fighting to Make Life More Affordable for Drivers

  1. Dear Press release written by PC party for MPPs
    The green party Leader made a good point saying “This is part of a pattern for this government.When you look at the list of things this government has done on the environment file, all you see are cuts. They have axed pollution pricing, clean energy contracts, energy retrofits and (electric vehicle) rebates, in addition to repealing climate change laws,” he said.

    “The cancellation of Drive Clean might have little impact one way or another. But it is part of a larger trend of ideologically driven decisions that are out of touch with the future of clean jobs and prosperity

    Also cut Ontario’s Environmental Commission. That NAL informed the public of recently. Open for business means opening the environment to pollution from business. Take care


  2. Linda McKellar

    I find it stunning that Oosterhoff appears to be of the pro fetus, let’s all have a ton of kids persuasion, from what I’ve heard, yet he wants to foul the planet they will have to live in. He is young enough to suffer the results. I am not. I suspect he does have or will have children to suffer the results. I do not. Good luck Sammy.


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