Nov 29, 2018

By Bob Komsic

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The Ford government’s new climate-change plan is committing to meeting targets set in the Paris Agreement, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Unveiling the plan at a conservation area in Nobleton, Environment Minister Rod Phillips says says it will do that through a range of measures that include, establishing a fund to spur private investment in clean technologies and imposing performance standards on large emitters.
”Importantly, we will do this without imposing a carbon tax or otherwise making life unaffordable for individuals, families and businesses.”
The province plans to spend 400-million over four years on the taxpayer-funded Ontario Carbon Trust … to partner with the private sector on green technologies.
N-D-P environment critic Ian Arthur says that amounts to subsidizing polluters with your money.
”This is a gift to big polluters.  Instead of having polluters pay, like the previous plans had in place, Doug Ford wants to use ‘your’ money to pay polluters.”
Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner says this is not a climate plan but a litter-reduction plan.
Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says unfortunately Ontario wants to go back in time, adding Canadians understand it should not be free to pollute.
The provincial announcement comes amid a backdrop of a fight with the Trudeau government.
Ontario’s currently joining Saskatchewan in a court battle against the move to impose a federal carbon price on provinces that don’t have one of their own.
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