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Ontario premier-designate Doug Ford has vowed that his first act within the legislature will probably be to scrap the province’s cap-and-trade program.

“In Ontario, the carbon tax’s days are numbered,” he introduced Friday throughout a information convention at Queen’s Park in Toronto. 

Ford, who will probably be sworn in later this month, campaigned on a promise to dismantle Ontario’s present cap-and-trade program, which is aimed toward lowering carbon emissions, and to chop fuel costs by 10 cents per litre. He additionally vowed not to usher in any new carbon tax to exchange it.  

“I promised that we’d make life extra inexpensive in Ontario. I promised we would scale back fuel costs and respect your hard-earned cash,” he mentioned.  

Ford plans to do that whereas additionally reducing authorities spending by no less than $ 6 billion, lowering the tax price within the province’s center earnings tax bracket, decreasing the company tax price and considerably reducing hydro payments for residents.

Present cap-and-trade pointers

Cap-and-trade accounted for round $ 1.9 billion in income final yr whereas the gas tax brings in $ 2.7 billion in income.

Below the province’s present laws, a system first adopted by Quebec in 2013, income was invested in applications that scale back emissions and assist companies and shoppers adapt to a low-carbon economic system.

Ontario’s cap-and-trade system strives to decrease greenhouse fuel emissions by setting allowances for its massive emitters. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press)

The aim of the system is to decrease greenhouse fuel emissions by setting limits on the quantity of air pollution corporations in sure industries can emit. Sure electrical energy importers, pure fuel distributors and gas suppliers are amongst these required to take part.

If these massive emitters exceed these limits, they need to purchase an equal variety of so-called allowances at public sale or from different corporations that are available beneath their limits. 

“The businesses will probably be fairly completely happy that they will not be paying sooner or later,” Ford mentioned when pressed concerning the chance that the province will reimburse companies who paid into the $ 1.9 billion in allowances. 

Might affect monetary incentives to chop power use

Environmental advocates criticized Ford’s plan, calling it a “unhealthy thought for a lot of causes,” together with the affect it’ll have on the applications it funds.

“This implies no extra cash to assist companies turn into extra power environment friendly, no cash for social housing power retrofits, and no cash for schools, universities and hospitals to cut back their power use,” Keith Brooks, applications director for the Toronto-based advocacy group Environmental Defence, mentioned in an announcement.

Presently, municipalities in Ontario obtain two cents per litre on fuel that’s taxed beneath the provincial gas tax to assist fund their public transit networks. That determine is about to extend to 4 cents per litre by 2021. Ford has beforehand mentioned that municipalities will not see a decline in that cash regardless of the promised discount within the fuel tax. 

Doug Ford campaigned on a promise to dismantle the province’s present cap-and-trade program and ‘getting a reimbursement into the pockets of the individuals of Ontario.’ (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

The PC’s platform, dubbed “Plan for the Folks,” that was launched days earlier than the June 7 election, contains 4 environment-related insurance policies with a complete price ticket of $ 500 million over a four-year mandate:

  • Hold Ontario stunning by defending waterways and implementing air high quality applications.
  • Enhance enforcement, together with hiring extra conservation officers and rising policing of main polluters.
  • Arrange an emissions-reduction fund to put money into new applied sciences to cut back emissions.
  • Commit sources to lowering rubbish in our neighbourhoods and parks.

“We’re going to ensure we seek the advice of with individuals in that trade, however this goes again to the carbon tax is the worst tax that any authorities might placed on companies,” Ford mentioned on Friday.

However environmental advocates say it is unclear what Ford’s guarantees actually imply as a result of they’re mild on particulars.

Furthermore, the federal authorities has mentioned that each province should undertake a carbon pricing plan by the beginning of subsequent yr or it’ll introduce one itself. 

If the brand new authorities adjustments or eliminates its system … the federal worth on air pollution would apply.– Caroline Thériault, spokesperson for Surroundings Minister Catherine McKenna

“A worth on air pollution is a necessary a part of any severe local weather plan,” Caroline Thériault, press secretary to federal Surroundings Minister Catherine McKenna, mentioned in an announcement to CBC Information. 

“Ontario’s present air pollution pricing system meets the federal normal. If the brand new authorities adjustments or eliminates its system, that evaluation might change and the federal worth on air pollution would apply.”

The Ontario Progressive Conservatives have budgeted $ 30 million in authorized prices to combat Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in courtroom over the imposition of the carbon pricing plan

“We will cease the federal government from gouging the individuals,” Ford mentioned. 

‘Wind-down’ timeline unclear

Ford defined Friday that he can be giving discover of Ontario’s withdrawal from the joint carbon market system, which is  ruled by provincial laws, such because the Local weather Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Financial system Act, and a authorized settlement with Quebec and California, which together with Ontario are a part of the cap-and-trade program generally known as the Western Local weather Initiative.

Additional particulars concerning the “wind-down” of this system and when it will likely be launched at Queen’s Park will probably be given later, he added. 

Ford, who led Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives to a majority election victory, rising the social gathering’s seats from 27 to 76 and getting nearly 41 per cent of the favored vote, is assembly along with his transition workforce and anticipated to take energy on June 29.

As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues to vow that the Kinder Morgan pipeline growth “will probably be constructed,” his authorities’s summer season jobs program is funding a place with an activist group working to cease the undertaking.

A name for functions for an “organizing assistant,” posted on-line by the non-profit group Dogwood B.C., says the job entails working to assist the group’s community “cease the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker undertaking.” It notes the place is funded by the federal Canada Summer time Jobs Program.

The momentary full-time job is open to college students. It pays $ 15 per hour for 9 to 12 weeks of labor and is predicated in Vancouver.

However in keeping with the group receiving the funding, this type of political push-and-pull is nothing new.

Group obtained funding from Harper authorities as nicely

Dogwood B.C. mentioned it has acquired funding for such positions since 2010, underneath each the Trudeau and Stephen Harper governments. The group even obtained the funding when it was preventing the Enbridge Northern Gateway undertaking, which Harper supported.

Kai Nagata, Dogwood’s communications director, mentioned the group is not sure but what number of college students it can rent with the assistance of federal funding this yr. He mentioned that in previous years, college students have labored on different initiatives as nicely, together with one to forestall U.S. thermal coal exports from shifting by means of Vancouver.

“The federal authorities has by no means thought to impose its political agenda on youngsters canvassing in B.C. on environmental points,” mentioned Nagata, who beforehand labored as a reporter for each CBC and CTV.

In social media postings, Dogwood refers to Kinder Morgan as a “grasping, harmful company.” The group has organized a marketing campaign to stress Trudeau to not put public cash behind the pipeline growth.

Liberals cite ‘free speech’

The Conservatives spent a lot of Wednesday’s query interval quizzing the federal government concerning the transfer.

“Does the prime minister not understand that paying teams to protest in opposition to these initiatives is precisely a part of the issue?” requested Conservative Chief Andrew Scheer.

Trudeau identified that the group had acquired funding underneath the earlier Conservative authorities earlier than contrasting his occasion with theirs.

“Not like — apparently — the chief of the Official Opposition, we consider in free speech. We consider in advocacy on this aspect of the Home,” mentioned Trudeau.

In a press release, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu’s workplace mentioned the federal program funds practically 70,000 summer season positions with about 29,000 employers.

“These workplaces will characterize an infinite number of industries, causes, and forms of work, none of that are taken under consideration within the software course of, as long as the employer can verify that the core mandate doesn’t undermine human rights,” mentioned spokesperson Emily Harris.

‘Discriminatory and fascist’

The Canada Summer time Jobs Program has been the topic of appreciable controversy this yr. The federal government required candidates to verify a field saying they help the Constitution of Rights and Freedoms, together with ladies’s reproductive rights and LGBTQ rights.

Some spiritual leaders referred to as the requirement an “ideology check” that’s each “discriminatory and fascist.”

The Canadian Civil Liberties Affiliation has additionally questioned whether or not the requirement is constitutional.

Requested Tuesday about objections raised by some faith-based teams and different employers to the constitution attestations, Hajdu mentioned that “lots of and lots of” of faith-based teams nonetheless utilized.

Her workplace mentioned in March that, out of a complete of 41,031 eligible functions acquired, 1,561 functions had been rejected — a rise of greater than 1,300 over the earlier yr.

Hajdu’s workplace didn’t say what number of of these rejections occurred as a result of the applicant refused to attest help for reproductive or LGBTQ rights.

The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League has introduced a brand new program that can help gamers and households after the Humboldt Broncos had been concerned in a crash that killed 15 individuals related to the crew.

Fourteen individuals had been injured when the bus collided with a semi-trailer at about 5 p.m. CST on Friday because the crew travelled to a playoff recreation.

The league mentioned the brand new program will present help for all gamers and households that had been affected by the crash.

“Whoever wants assistance will get the assistance they want,” mentioned Invoice Chow, president of the SJHL. “That is a billet household, that is a billet baby, that is a billet brother, it is a billet sister. Whoever wants that assist.”

This system is meant to supply long-term assist to these affected.

Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League president Invoice Chow says whoever wants assistance will obtain it. (Chanss Lagaden/CBC )

Sheldon Kennedy mentioned he is pleased with this system’s long-term focus. In 1986, the previous NHL participant survived a bus crash whereas enjoying for the Swift Present Broncos that killed 4 individuals and wounded 24.

“We all know the influence of trauma, we all know the influence of PTSD,” mentioned Kennedy. “And we all know the scars that final a lifetime are actual.”

Kennedy mentioned his experiences have taught him the significance of counselling that takes place over years.

“Now we have to have one thing that’s sustainable for these individuals long run,” he mentioned. “That is what we discovered popping out of the ’86 crash.”

The SJHL is in search of company and particular person donations for the venture. To date, Federated Co-operatives Restricted and numerous native co-ops have raised greater than $ 300,000.

The brand new program is separate from a massively profitable on-line fundraising marketing campaign that has raised $ 5.6 million for gamers and households to this point.

Chow mentioned the league remains to be in discussions surrounding the way forward for this yr’s playoff season. That must be determined within the subsequent few days.