New Ontario government shelves portion of anti-scalping law

Truly humbled by the trust you have put in me’ Doug Ford addresses Ontario as premier

Premier Ford has said his planned 10-cent gas price cut will come courtesy of a almost five-cent reduction in provincial fuel tax, while the balance would be one of the results of eliminating the cap-and-trade program.

According to Ontario's Auditor General, the cap-and-trade system is costing Ontario residents and businesses $8 billion annually, with a "negligible impact" on the province's carbon emissions, which is the whole objective of the system.

The premier says the government will decide on a case-by-case basis whether some initiatives previously funded by the program will be paid for using tax base revenue.

Ford spokesperson Simon Jeffries said in a statement that "the previous government attempted to institute a cap on ticket re-sales with no way to enforce that cap, resulting in less consumer protection".

However, there's no indication of what the new government plans to do to curb skyrocketing ticket prices on resale websites.


Ford's cancellation of Wynne's Climate Action Plan that was to spend $8.3 billion over five years from cap-and-trade revenues, means the cancellation of everything from government subsidies of up to $14,000 for people who buy electric cars, to some public transit projects.

"We know that the premier... promised to get rid of cap and trade and we understand he's moving quickly to fulfil that promise but I think that there's some problems here because there's some questions that haven't been answered", he said.

The NDP and the Greens have said Ford's rush to pull out of the cap-and-trade system could stick taxpayers with the tab for billions in legal fees, penalties and other costs.

"Every cent spent from the cap-and-trade slush fund is money that has been taken out of the pockets of Ontario families and businesses", said Ford.

CBC Toronto requested that cost from the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change last week, but the request was referred to Ford's office.

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