Ford government broke law when it dismantled cap-and-trade system, court rules
Phil Tsekouras with files from the Canadian Press, CTV News Toronto
Published Friday, October 11, 2019 11:58AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, October 11, 2019 3:47PM EDT
Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s government broke the law when it scrapped the province’s cap-and-trade system last year, a divisional court panel ruled Friday.
Two of the three judges involved in the ruling said the government violated provincial laws when it failed to consult the public on a regulation ending the program.
In addition to launching the case against the Ford government, environmental group Greenpeace Canada was seeking a formal declaration from the court against the government. However, the judges shut down that request and dismissed the case after their ruling.
In a statement to CTV News Toronto, Environment Minister Jeff Yurek said he is “pleased that the divisional court dismissed Greenpeace’s application for judicial review.”
“Eliminating the cap-and-trade carbon price was estimated to save the average family $260 per year. Removing the carbon price helped reduce gas prices and was estimated to save families about $80 a year and small businesses about $285 a year on their natural gas bill,” Yurek said in defence of the government’s decision to scrap the program.
Ontario’s cap-and-trade system was aimed at lowering greenhouse gas emissions by putting caps on the amount of pollution companies in certain industries could emit.
Ford had long promised to do away with the system during the 2018 provincial election.