The province, Canada's most populous, argues that Ontario's Court of Appeal was wrong to find the carbon price was "constitutional and within the federal government's right to impose."
Federal lawyers had argued that the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act -- under which the carbon tax is imposed -- was a legitimate response to potentially catastrophic climate change.
(Source: Various Media, Canadian Press, 28 Aug., 2019) Contact: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, www.ontario.ca/page/premier
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The plan was rolled out by the Canadian Government today, Monday, April 1. In the initial study, 28 pct opposed the pricing plan and 13 pct were undecided.
But when told about the rebate aspect of the carbon tax program, the number of Ontarians in the GTHA who actually support the plan rose to an unexpected 70 pct majority. (Source: Univ. of Toronto, Narcity, 29 Mar., 2019)
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The freshman Ontario Premier, not unlike the populist US president Donald Trump, ran a campaign and was elected on promises. Premier Ford promised to cut the price of beer to $1.00 a can and to scrap the preceding Liberal govenment's carbon tax, cap-and-trade system. Contact: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, www.ontario.ca/page/premier
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The Ford administration's Cap-and-Trade Cancellation Act -- Bill 4 -- was introduced in late July and made good on one of the new Premier Doug Ford's key campaign promises to end the province's carbon price. Another of the premier's campaign promises was "$1 per can beer", which he has reportedly made good on in an uncanny imitation of the equally inexperienced U.S. freshman president "the Donald" Trump.
Bill 4 requires Environment Minister Hon. Rod Phillips to to set emissions targets without specifying what they should be based on. The bill also calls for Phillips to come up with a climate change plan but doesn't set a deadline for the plan. The Minister is also required to prepare progress reports on the climate change plan on a "regular basis", again without specificity.
It is unclear as to whether the targets will be in line with the internationally agreed Paris Climate Accord targets set in Paris or if and when further details might be revealed.
But not to worry. Again aping Trump, Phillips said the government's climate change plan will come in a "very timely basis and people don't have to worry about that."
"What, Me Worry?" -- Alfred E. Newman of MAD Magazine fame.
(Source: Various Media, iPolitics, 7 Aug., 2018)
Contact: Environment Minister Hon. Rod Phillips, www.ola.org/en/members/all/rod-phillips
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According to Ford, eliminating the cap-and-trade system will help him deliver on a campaign promise that the electorate doesn't expect him to keep -- cutting retail gasoline prices by roughly 4 cents per litre -- which is apparently more important to him than the roughly $3 billion the carbon tax contributed to the provincial coffers since the system was introduced by the then Liberal government in 2017. And, in a move that rings of Trump political posturing, the new Premier also reportedly promised to lower the price of beer to $1.00 per can in an effort to appeal to his base. (Source: Various Media, Canada Press, 15 June, 2018)
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The NDP platform says that if elected, the government would use 25 pct of cap-and-trade revenue to help low-income earners in northern and rural Ontarians adapt to a lower carbon lifestyle and $50 million to a home efficiency retrofit program.
The Progressive Conservative (PC) party says if elected it would scrap the sittingt LIberal government's existing cap-and-trade program and oppose the federal mandated minimum price on carbon emissions. The province's 2017 vintage cap-and-trade system has to date contributed nearly $2.5 billion to Ontario's coffers. (Source: Various Media, Edmonton Sun, 27 May, 2018) Contact: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, (416) 235-5743, www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-environment-and-climate-change
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Ontario's 2017 vintage cap-and-trade system is aimed at lowering greenhouse gas emissions by putting caps on the amount of pollution companies in certain industries can emit. To date,
the system has contributed nearly $2.5 billion to Ontario's coffers. (Source: Various Media, Canadaian Press, 8 Mar., 2018)
Contact: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, (416) 235-5743, www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-environment-and-climate-change
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