Reevely: Doug Ford's pledge to cut gas taxes the latest in Ontario's climate-change omnishambles

By David Reevely, Ottawa Citizen, May 16, 2018

If Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives are elected in June, they’ll cut Ontario’s gas taxes 10 cents a litre, he promised Wednesday, because prices don’t matter, the whole discipline of economics is bull and climate change isn’t real.

They appear to have most people on their side. An Ipsos poll for Global News released this week found that 72 per cent of Ontarians think carbon taxes are just a cash grab and 68 per cent think the effects are just symbolic.

One conclusion you could reach is that we collectively wish that governments would make the price on carbon emissions a whole lot higher, so it would really make a difference. That’s probably not what we meant, though, and Doug Ford went the other way Wednesday, announcing he’ll cut the price of gasoline by 10 cents a litre, partly by eliminating the current cap-and-trade regime and partly by just cutting the provincial tax on gas.

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