Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party has a strong environmental record. Ontario has led the way under PC governments for 52 of the last 75 years.
It was a PC government that committed to, and closed, the first coal-fired power plant in 2003. A PC government created Ontario’s Living Legacy, protecting over 2.4 million hectares of land across southern Ontario in 1999 — more than the Green Belt. It was also a PC government that created 155 new provincial parks on a single day back in 1983.
During the recent 2018 provincial election, the Ontario PCs campaigned on cancelling the Wynne Liberal cap and trade program and fighting any forced carbon tax implemented by the Trudeau Liberals.
Our view is that taxation policy is not environmental policy. Furthermore, Ontario has proven that you can cut greenhouse gas emissions without a carbon tax. In fact, over the past 14 years Ontario cut greenhouse gas emissions by 22 per cent while the rest of Canada saw a three per cent increase.
These results prove that we can take action to protect our environment without creating new tax schemes. That’s why on Nov. 29, 2018 the Ontario government released our plan to address climate change. (ontario.ca)
Despite Ontario having its own plan to address climate change — and a proven track record of success — on April 1, the Trudeau Liberals forced their carbon tax on Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick.
There is no denying the increased costs as a result of the carbon tax. For example, heating costs for Ontario hospitals will increase by $10.8 million in 2019 rising to $27.2 million by 2022-23.
In terms of gas prices, the price per litre most definitely increased by 4.4 cents (gasoline) and 5.4 cents (diesel) on April 1, and will continue to increase until the carbon tax reaches 11.63 cents per litre in 2022. Here’s the reality: as the carbon tax increases, Canadian families will incur additional costs for things like heat, hydro and gas.
Since retailers will also experience these same increases, they will pass on these additional costs to consumers in the form of higher prices for everyday items.
Although Ontarians can apply for a rebate of up to $307 for a family of four when filing their income tax this year (canada.ca), this rebate won’t come close to covering the extra costs families will face as a result of the new carbon tax.
Ontario together with Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Alberta are fighting the carbon tax in court because the Trudeau Liberals have arbitrarily rejected provincial climate change plans even though their plans met reduction targets.
[Click Here to view the original article from the Burlington Post's June 05, 2019 Issue.]