Tackling three key issues
Rare summer session for Legislature
The new Ontario PC government is bringing back the legislature mid-summer to end the York University strike, the cap-and-trade program and a wind farm project proposed for Prince Edward County.
Government House Leader Todd Smith said the legislature was being recalled to deal with matters the government considers urgent.
“The people of Ontario can’t afford to wait and they won’t have to wait,” Smith said Tuesday. “We’re prepared to act and we’re prepared to act now.”
The PCs will introduce legislation to bring a halt to the four-month-old York University strike by teaching assistants and graduate assistants.
The Kathleen Wynne government’s cap-and-trade program — an initiative that Premier Doug Ford has long dismissed as a tax grab – will be legally unravelled.
It’s also lights out for the nine-turbine White Pines Wind Farm, Smith said.
According to the project’s website, the applicant is the Canadian subsidiary of wpd Europe.
The PCs say the project received approval to proceed during the election period.
NDP MPP Peter Tabuns said his party, the official opposition, will not support the PCs on their three legislative priorities.
“He shouldn’t be ending cap and trade,” Tabuns said. “It’s a signal that he not only doesn’t care about climate change, but he doesn’t care about investing in Ontario, dealing with our energy needs and dealing with the needs in our schools.”
Cap and trade proceeds were to be used to pay for things like energy retrofits, but the program also added 4.3 cents to every litre of gasoline and about 5 cents to every litre of diesel fuel.
Ford campaigned on lowering the price of gasoline by 10 cents a litre.
PC Government House Leader Todd Smith announces his party’s legislative priorities in upcoming session.