Tack­ling three key is­sues

Rare sum­mer ses­sion for Leg­is­la­ture

Toronto Sun - - NEWS - ANTONELLA ARTUSO

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.

ANTONELLA ARTUSO/TORONTO SUN

PC Gov­ern­ment House Leader Todd Smith an­nounces his party’s leg­isla­tive pri­or­i­ties in upcoming ses­sion.

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