Liberals muzzling officials to hide flaws with cap-and-trade bill

QUEEN’S PARK – The Liberals must stop muzzling civil servants and give them the freedom to publicly speak about the government’s shoddy cap-and-trade bill, PC Environment and Cap-and-Trade Critic Lisa Thompson said today.

“To hide the mess she’s created with this bill, the Premier has now ordered her members to stop government lawyers and officials from answering serious questions in committee,” Thompson said in Question Period. “These tactics are not acceptable. It’s time for the Liberals to take the muzzles off of government officials, so they can freely answer questions from the Opposition and assist with the democratic process in committee.”

The Liberals have more than 70 amendments to their own bill and are now attempting to strong-arm committee members into rubber stamping each of their changes, so they can ram Bill 172 through the Legislature and begin funding their cap-and-trade slush fund.

Since February, the Ontario PC Caucus has pointed out several loopholes in Bill 172. To name a few, funding decisions will be made in secret; the Financial Accountability Officer will not have access to spending plans, and taxpayers will receive no relief, even though they will be forced to pay, over the long-term, nearly $900 more every year on gas and home-heating.

“The Liberals are rushing to set up one of the largest taxation schemes in the history of the province, and are now rewriting their cap-and-trade bill in committee on the fly,” Thompson said. “Ontarians expect their elected representatives to undertake their duty as lawmakers to carefully vet government bills, especially any that will impose new taxes.”

“Unlike the government, we are doing our due diligence in committee to ensure that taxpayers are not unfairly burdened and that tax dollars are spent in a transparent manner,” Thompson concluded.

To watch Thompson’s question, click on the following link:

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