Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

Ford Guts Carbon Tax - Here Is How Much You Save On Gas

Ford Guts Carbon Tax - Here Is How Much You Save On Gas

Ontario Premier Doug Ford officially announced plans Tuesday to end the province's cap-and-trade program.

Ford spokesperson Simon Jeffries said in a statement that "the previous government attempted to institute a cap on ticket re-sales with no way to enforce that cap, resulting in less consumer protection". He also said that contracts and orders already signed for under the Green Ontario Fund would be honored.

Some special offers such as discounts on energy-efficient renovations, for example, discount GreenON, which was also funded through a program of quotas, ceased its operation before joining Ford in the post last week.

The premier says the government will decide on a case-by-case basis whether some initiatives previously funded by the program will be paid for using tax base revenue.

"The cancellation of cap-and-trade is a bad idea for many reasons", said Environmental Defence's Keith Brooks in a statement.

"The provincial regulations need to align with Health Canada's stance on vaping as a less harmful alternative to smoking to ensure the industry is clear on the legal expectations from both levels of governments", Shaun Casey, president of the Canadian Vaping Association, said. "We know that the premier. promised to get rid of cap and trade and we understand he's moving quickly to fulfill that promise but I think that there are some problems here because there are some questions that haven't been answered", he said.

"Cap-and-trade and carbon tax schemes are no more than government cash grabs that do nothing for the environment, while hitting people in the wallet in order to fund big government programs", said Ford. "We believe that this money belongs back in the pockets of people". A spokesman for Ford said the ministers' offices are not now staffed and requests for comment should go to the premier's office.

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