The effects of climate change are now being felt here at home. Based on scientific data collected by Accuweather, temperatures in Sault Ste. Marie in 2016 increased by 1.6 degrees Celsius more than the seasonal average according to the statement issued by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
Following the Federal Government’s decision to put a national price on carbon, every province now needs to implement a carbon pricing plan. Ontario is ahead of the curve and already moving forward with our Climate Change Action Plan, which includes putting a cap on the amount of emissions businesses can release into the atmosphere. This approach guarantees emission reductions at the cheapest price possible.
In direct contrast, the carbon tax supported by Patrick Brown and the provincial Conservatives would cost families four times more without guaranteeing any reductions. Third-party experts EnviroEconomics have confirmed this, showing Brown’s scheme would cost households up to $600 more per year.
We are also reinvesting every dollar collected, allowing us to support up to $1.9 billion a year in green projects that fight climate change and save you money – such as retrofitting homes and buildings to improve energy efficiency and making it easier to purchase an electric car. These investments will help families and businesses reduce costs and make the switch to non-polluting choices easier and less expensive. The Conservatives’ plan doesn’t include the investments necessary to ease this transition.
With climate change now a real and present threat, Ontario needs a realistic plan that balances action with affordability. Unlike the inefficient, unaffordable carbon tax favoured by the Conservatives, Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan is a fair, responsible approach that has the support of third-party experts, businesses and other governments and will allow us to fight climate change while also setting Ontario up for the jobs of the future.