Niagara Centre MPP says Ontario Needs to Act now on Climate Change and Not Ignore It

“Carbon pricing creates a financial incentive to reduce our emissions. There is no economic cost to carbon pricing. … “The cost of climate change (on the other hand) is high and escalatin, (and the Ford) Conservatives are offering no alternatives.”           – Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch

A News Release from the Constituency Office of Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch

Posted May 14th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch

The following is from a statement Niagara Centre NDP MPP Jeff Burch delivered in the Ontario legislature at Queen’s Park this May 14th –

Mr. Jeff Burch: ”A discussion on climate change must include a discussion on carbon pricing. Carbon pricing, Speaker, is the most effective, convenient and least expensive means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. That is a fact.

“This government claims your cost of living is about to soar. They call it the ineffective, job-killing carbon tax. Those are falsehoods-no different from the fake news that caused perverse outcomes in the 2016 Brexit referendum and the US presidential election.

“The most effective ways of getting rid of something we don’t want is to put a price on it. Escalating taxes on tobacco products helped shrink the portion of adult Canadians who smoke from a peak of 55% to the current 18%. The crisis of acid rain was solved when the US imposed a tax on the toxic emissions of American power plants. To avoid the tax, the utilities developed innovative technologies to reduce their emissions.

“The federal carbon tax will cost the average household $256. The household will receive a rebate at tax-filing time of $300. Carbon pricing creates a financial incentive to reduce our emissions.

“There is no economic cost to carbon pricing. Pricing carbon, according to a National Energy Board report last month, will encourage businesses and households to improve efficiencies and reduce emissions while helping to build a more resilient economy. We only have to look to BC. Since its introduction of carbon pricing in 2008, BC has reduced its emissions by 14% while posting GDP growth larger than the rest of Canada.

“The cost of climate change is high and escalating, Speaker.

“The Conservatives are offering no alternatives, but worldwide, 74 countries, states, provinces and cities have implemented carbon pricing systems covering 20% of all emissions. Among the private sector champions of carbon pricing are Alberta oil patch giant Suncor, Husky Energy, Shell Canada, Canada’s Big Five banks, Loblaw’s and Canadian Tire Corp., to name a few.

“Carbon pricing was pioneered by Conservative governments in BC and Alberta in 2000, and is backed by a Conservative government in Quebec. As business columnist David Olive recently said, “There are sound arguments for replacing Justin Trudeau as PM. But playing politics with a rescue plan for humanity is pretty low.”

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