Feds high on car­bon taxes: Phillips

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The fed­eral en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter’s end-run around the prov­ince is part of a wider ef­fort to shut On­tario out of cli­mate pol­icy talks.

That’s the claim On­tario En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Rod Phillips made Thurs­day, re­spond­ing to plans an­nounced by fed­eral coun­ter­part Cather­ine McKenna to dis­trib­ute na­tional cli­mate fund dol­lars di­rectly to in­sti­tu­tions and busi­nesses.

“While she says that she would have been happy to have worked to­gether with us, her ac­tions sug­gest dif­fer­ently,” Phillips said at a news con­fer­ence at Queen’s Park. “That is be­cause they are not in­ter­ested in a plan, they are in­ter­ested in a tax.”

Speak­ing ear­lier in the day at a Mil­ton in­su­la­tion plant, McKenna said the re­main­ing $420 mil­lion ear­marked for On­tario in Ot­tawa’s Low Car­bon Econ­omy Fund will be paid di­rectly to cities, in­sti­tu­tions and busi­nesses.

“Our hope would have been to work with the pro­vin­cial govern­ment on fight­ing pol­lu­tion, tack­ling cli­mate change, help­ing busi­nesses with clean so­lu­tions, and help­ing On­tar­i­ans save money," she said.

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