Bash­ing cap and trade

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - News

BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON

Staff If the On­tario Con­ser­va­tives were in power, they would can­cel the prov­ince’s cap and trade pro­gram, which came into ef­fect on Jan. 1, and come up with an­other ap­proach.

Stor­mont- Dun­das- South Glen­garry Con­ser­va­tive MPP Jim McDonell made that pro­nounce­ment at the Lan­caster branch of the Royal Canadian Le­gion on Thurs­day af­ter­noon. It was one of six pre-bud­get con­sul­ta­tions the vet­eran politi­cian held from Jan. 11- 13. Al­though the Lan­caster gath­er­ing was small, it was not with­out pas­sion. Sev­eral of the meet­ing’s at­ten­dees took is­sue with the gov­ern­ing Lib­er­als’ cap and trade pro­gram, which was de­signed to help fight cli­mate change, and re­ward busi­nesses that re­duce their green­house gas emis­sions. But sev­eral South Glen­garry res­i­dents feel it is counter-pro­duc­tive.

“It doesn’t re­duce car­bon, it just shifts the car­bon us­age,” pointed out Pierre Roy.

It was a point Mr. McDonell didn’t contest. He said that the Lib­er­als’ plan will take a lot of money out of the econ­omy and that it will cause suf­fer­ing for On­tario busi­nesses and fam­i­lies.

“It’s very sus­cep­ti­ble to fraud,” he said, adding that when it comes to cli­mate change, the prov­ince can hardly be con­sid­ered a huge of­fender.

“We ac­count for .5 per cent of the world’s prob­lem,” he said, adding that in China, the prob­lem is so bad that it’s dif­fi­cult to breathe. Mr. McDonell also talked about the im­por­tance of ru­ral schools, es­pe­cially now that the Up­per Canada Dis­trict School Board is con­sid­er­ing clos­ing five schools lo­cated in Glen­garry.

The MPP said that the prov­ince needs to be “tagged” with the prob­lem if peo­ple re­ally want the gov­ern­ment to pay at­ten­tion. He added that the Lib­er­als are los­ing sup­port in the 905 area and that

Jim McDonell they need to pick up some sup­port in ru­ral On­tario if they want to re­bound. Al­though Mr. McDonell dis­agreed that forc­ing school board amal­ga­ma­tion is the an­swer, he said that ru­ral school boards need dif­fer­ent fund­ing mod­els in or­der to...

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