Feds high on carbon taxes: Phillips
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.” ingspeakearlier in the day at a Milton insulation plant, Mckenna announced the remaining $420 million earmarked for Ontario in Ottawa’s Low Carbon Economy Fund will be paid directly to cities, institutions and businesses.
Money from the fund is meant to finance programs to reduce emissions and improve energy efficiency.
“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," Mckenna said. “Mr. (Doug) Ford has taken a different path, making polluting free, and cancelling hundreds of projects across communities in Ontario.”