Toronto, Ont. – It’s extremely dismaying that the Ontario provincial government continues to fight climate solutions instead of fighting climate change. This appeal to the Supreme Court is a waste of time and taxpayer dollars. Two separate provincial courts have now upheld the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act and the federal government’s power to act on climate change when provinces refuse to do their fair share.
Instead of developing climate solutions, the provincial government continues to mislead Ontarians about the impacts of the federal carbon price by omitting the fact that most families will receive a rebate that exceeds the amount they will pay. And to add insult to injury, misleading propaganda such as the gas pump stickers are being paid for with tax dollars.
Climate change is impacting Ontarians now. We need urgent action. Environmental Defence was an intervenor in both the Saskatchewan and Ontario provincial appeals. We will file to intervene in this Supreme Court hearing as well. All levels of government should have the power to act to protect the environment.
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