LET­TER TO EDITOR Cap-and-trade bad for fam­i­lies

Seaway News - - Opinion -

Editor, Our govern­ment’s ini­tia­tive to keep our prom­ise and scrap the Cap-and-trade scheme, save an av­er­age fam­ily $260 per year and cre­ate an es­ti­mated 14,000 jobs stirred many res­i­dents into voic­ing opin­ions on both sides.

We must re­main mind­ful of the prin­ci­ples at stake. For­mer Premier Kath­leen Wynne sad­dled hard- wor k ing On­tar­i­ans with an ad­di­tional tax they could not af­ford. Cap-and-trade alone made gaso­line 4.9 cents a litre more ex­pen­sive than it should be, and drove up the cost to man­u­fac­ture and trans­port goods in the Prov­ince. It hit poor­est On­tar­i­ans hard­est. Adding in­sult to in­jury, Ca­pand-trade re­dis­tributed funds from cash­strapped On­tario fam­i­lies to a small num­ber of of­ten well- off ben­e­fi­cia­ries. It also gave the pre­vi­ous govern­ment the cover it needed to cut base funding across a wide range of ser­vices, in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tion. That wasn’t right. No amount of en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cern can erase that scheme’s job-killing, re­gres­sive na­ture and the un­be­com­ing use to which it was put. As a govern­ment, we can set our­selves clearer and more mea­sur­able ob­jec­tives to im­prove our en­vi­ron­ment, such as cleaner air, cleaner water, bet­ter con­ser­va­tion and re­duced waste. We will de­liver on these com­mit­ments with­out re­sort­ing to in­creas­ing taxes on On­tar­i­ans, as we de­liver on our prom­ise to clean up On­tario’s fi­nances and work for the peo­ple who, af­ter 15 years of mis­man­age­ment, can fi­nally see re­lief.

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