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

Doug Ford

Doug Ford

As his first order of business, Ontario's newly sworn-in premier-Doug Ford, and his cabinet have revoked the cap-and-trade carbon tax regime.

Ford says that the province, however, will assume the responsibilities for contracts and orders that have already been signed for projects funded under this program.

The government's press release states that it may continue to fund "specific initiatives" out of general tax revenue, but the decisions on which ones it will keep will be "made on a case-by-case basis".

Whether or not we believe that cap and trade or carbon taxes or whatever, actually improves the environment is a moot point; we should be concerned that the government is running up a huge bill to nix the programs.

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".

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In order to scrap the program, the premier must first amend or rescind the legislation that governs it, said Keith Brooks, program director for the advocacy group Environmental Defence.

"Cancelling Ontario's plan to price greenhouse gas pollution without announcing an alternative is reckless and irresponsible", said Mike Schreiner, member of provincial parliament for Guelph, a city in southwestern Ontario.

"I think that there's a lot of businesses, quite frankly, that still have a lot of questions, I'm sure, about how this is all going to proceed", he said.

According to the report, Premier Ford's office confirmed Tuesday that the government is "suspending a portion of the law" that would cap the resale price of tickets at 50% above face value, which was set to take effect July 1. "Today we are keeping that promise", he said. 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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