Doug Ford halts Ontario anti-ticket scalping law

Doug Ford

Doug Ford

The new Ontario government has already put an end to the province's cap-and-trade plan and residents 24 and under with private coverage can no longer receive free prescriptions.

"I promised that the party with taxpayers' dollars was over and that this would include scrapping the cap-and-trade carbon tax slush fund. Today we are keeping that promise", Ford said.

Ford said the province will nonetheless honour contracts and orders that have already been signed for projects funded by cap and trade, such as energy efficient insulation and window retrofits.

According to the Auditor General, who conducted an audit of the program, the cap-and-trade system could cost Ontario consumers and businesses $8 billion, with a negligible impact on the province's carbon emissions.

Some special offers such as discounts on energy-efficient renovations, for example, discount GreenON, which was also funded through a program of quotas, ceased its operation before joining Ford in the post last week. Decisions to continue any specific initiatives now supported by the fund will need to be paid for out of the tax base and will be made on a case-by-case basis in alignment with the Ford government's Plan For the People and the upcoming value-for-money audit. That law sets climate change targets and earmarks cap-and-trade revenues for green initiatives, among other things, he said.

We reached out to the government for details, including when Ontarians can expect to see gas prices go down, but did not immediately get a response.

The newly elected Ontario government announced on Tuesday it would end the province's cap-and-trade program, a policy created to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, fulfilling one of Premier Doug Ford's election promises.

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