Ontario PC leader and Premier-designate Doug Ford announced that his first agenda item will be to scrap the current cap-and-trade scheme, which would bring him almost halfway to keeping his promise to reduce gasoline prices by 10 cents per litre.
The current scheme adds 4.42 cents per litre on regular gasoline.
“I made a promise to the people that we would take immediate action to scrap the cap-and-trade carbon tax and bring their gas prices down. Today, I want to confirm that as a first step to lowering taxes in Ontario, the carbon tax’s days are numbered.”
Doug Ford will be sworn in as Premier in exactly two weeks, on Friday, June 29.
He also reiterated his previous statements that he would challenge any federal attempts to otherwise impose carbon pricing on the province.
Ontario’s current cap-and-trade scheme links Ontario’s emissions with those of Quebec and California. Ford has already directed officials to begin the preparations.
“Eliminating the carbon tax and cap-and-trade is the right thing to do and is a key component in our plan to bring your gas prices down by 10 cents per litre,” said Ford. “It also sends a clear message that things are now different. No longer will Ontario’s government answer to insiders, special interests and elites. Instead, we will now have a government for the people. Help is here.”