Bashing cap and trade
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...