MPP Thompson Questions Liberals on Cap and Trade Timeline
Queen’s Park – Today in the House, MPP for Huron-Bruce Lisa Thompson questioned the Liberals on their rash decision to move ahead with plans to implement Cap and Trade in the next seven months.
“Ontario remains completely in the dark about plans for revenue and carbon credits, yet this government is rushing to introduce its plan in time for a Paris photo-op,” said Thompson.
In contrast, the governments of California and Quebec took seven and five years respectively to conduct consultations and work out the details of their Cap and Trade systems. Ignoring this practice of careful consideration however, the Liberals have chosen to steam roll through without completing a cost-benefit analysis. And it is this lack of information, as the Clean Profits report published by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) this morning points out, that has the business community concerned.
“What businesses need to succeed is certainty, and I’m asking the Minister for the Environment and Climate Change to address the concerns outlined in this report,” states Thompson.
When questioned however, the Minister for the Environment stated that the government has been involved in years of consultation and has been meeting with businesses on a weekly basis.
If this were the case, then why has the Ontario Chamber of Commerce felt the need to publish a list of its concerns?
You can listen to Lisa’s question below:
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