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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2016 8:44 am    Post subject: wynne's cap and trade ( new taxes ) to launch Jan 1 Reply with quote

Ontario set to tackle climate change with cap-and-trade launch on Jan. 1

Adrian Morrow

TORONTO — The Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016 9:04PM EST

On the first day of the new year, Ontario will launch its cap-and-trade system on carbon in a bid to vault the province to the front lines of the battle against climate change.

It is the centrepiece of the Wynne government’s Climate Change Action Plan, meant not only to meet tough targets for slashing greenhouse gas emissions but to spark a sweeping transition to a low-carbon society by changing the way Ontarians get around, heat their homes and run their businesses.

The cap-and-trade system is getting high marks from environmental experts, who say it will achieve its central aim of driving down emissions. But critics caution that the plan contains financial pitfalls: A lack of checks means there could be few restrictions on how the government spends revenue raised from the system, while volatility in other carbon markets suggests the amount of revenue will fluctuate wildly.

Cap-and-trade also contains a major trade-off. It will link up with similar systems already in place in California and Quebec, creating a carbon market covering more than 60 million people and making the cost of cap-and-trade cheaper than it would otherwise be. This link, however, will likely mean that, in the short term, Ontario companies will subsidize emissions cuts by firms in California and Quebec more than they will cut their own emissions – helping those other jurisdictions switch to a low-carbon economy before Ontario does.

Glen Murray, Ms. Wynne’s environment minister, insists that this link is necessary. Not only because a larger carbon market produces the sorts of economies of scale that make emissions cuts cheaper, he says, but because, as Donald Trump prepares to assume the U.S. presidency and threatens to roll back any federal action on the climate file, it will be more important than ever for subnational jurisdictions to work together.

“You’re seeing the states become much more activist on climate change, much more determined in the subnational coalitions that exist,” he said. “Since the Paris agreement, the greatest level of action on climate reduction is coming at the state, provincial and municipal level.”

Under cap-and-trade, the Ontario government will set a hard limit on emissions, which will steadily get lower every year. Companies will have to buy permits – called “allocations” – from the province for every tonne of carbon they burn. The cap will mandate emissions cuts to 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, 37 per cent below by 2030 and 80 per cent by 2050. These reductions are sharper than those Ottawa is targeting under its new climate-change deal with the provinces.

The government plans to use cap-and-trade revenues, estimated at $1.9-billion annually, to fund Climate Change Action Plan programs to help Ontarians buy electric cars, give buildings energy retrofits and switch factories to more energy-efficient machinery, among other things.

Linking the market to California and Quebec, starting in 2018, will mean companies from all three jurisdictions can buy and sell allocations to one another. This is meant to make cap-and-trade less expensive by spreading the costs out – the larger the market, the more options there are for cutting emissions.

An Ontario government-commissioned study from consultants EnviroEconomics estimates the price of carbon will be about $19 a tonne in the early years of the program, which would translate to an extra $13 for the average household in higher home heating and gasoline costs. By comparison, a straight carbon tax of the kind advocated by provincial Opposition Leader Patrick Brown would have to be roughly $72 a tonne to achieve the emissions reductions Ontario is seeking.

The drawback to linking with California and Quebec, however, is that it will likely mean more money flowing out of Ontario in the short-term. Auditor-General Bonnie Lysyk last month pegged that figure at $466-million by 2020.

Ontario Environment Commissioner Diane Saxe contends most of this cost will be cancelled out by a reduction in imports of gasoline and natural gas under cap-and-trade – a savings of about $300-million for the province by 2020. But she says paying companies in California and Quebec to cut emissions rather than cutting them in Ontario could mean the province delays by several years the hard work of restructuring its economy for a low-carbon world.

What’s more, California is in the middle of a court battle with a business group trying to shut down cap-and-trade. And the state has not yet passed legislation to make sure the program continues after 2020.

“Too much reliance on California allowances would slow Ontario’s transition to the low carbon economy that’s essential for our future prosperity,” Ms. Saxe warned last month. “There are also legal uncertainties that could undermine the California program or prevent international transfers of emission reductions.”

And the California-Quebec experience has shown that cap-and-trade revenues careen up and down: An auction of allowances by the California-Quebec governments in February, 2016, sold 95 per cent of the permits on offer, but in May, that figure crashed to 11 per cent; in August, it was 35 per cent and in November, it shot up to 80 per cent. This sort of volatility could make it hard for the government to implement the Climate Change Action Plan when it is unsure if it can count on having the money to pay for it.

What’s more, the government has not yet issued a detailed plan explaining how it will make sure the cap-and-trade revenues pay for new programs that cut emissions.

“The government announced its Climate Change Action Plan in June. It’s now December, and they haven’t provided any details yet. Everyone is having a hard time assessing whether or not the cap-and-trade revenues will have good rates of return on greenhouse gas reductions because there’s a huge gap in policy detail,” said Sarah Petrevan, senior policy adviser at green think tank Clean Energy Canada.

For his part, Mr. Murray, the environment minister, is promising a more detailed plan next year showing how each program funded by cap-and-trade will cut emissions.

He also argues that the fears of Ontario businesses subsidizing California and Quebec companies’ emissions cuts are overblown: Most allocations expire after three years, meaning the majority of the excess permits in the joint market will be gone by 2018 when Ontario joins.

“In any given year, whether more [emissions reductions] come from one part of the planet or another is less important than the fact that every year we achieve the maximum number of reductions possible,” he said. “Ontario will have years where we’re a net seller and we’ll have years where we’re a net purchaser.”

Privately, Ontario government sources say they are not worried about the future of California’s cap-and-trade system. Even if the state loses the court case or fails to extend the system past 2020, they believe by that point cap-and-trade will be well enough established in Ontario that the province’s companies can cut emissions without relying on buying California allocations. Plus, by 2020 there may be other states or provinces ready to join Ontario and Quebec’s market.

And cap-and-trade’s proponents contend that the fluctuations in the carbon market are not necessarily a bad thing: If companies are buying fewer allocations, it’s likely because they are instead cutting emissions. And when companies cut emissions themselves, there is less need for the other programs funded by cap-and-trade.

“The fact that prices are low and that demand for permits in the auction has been somewhat low could just reflect that the system is working: Emitters are responding to the system by finding new ways to reduce emissions. They are reducing their own emissions and therefore requiring fewer permits,” said Dale Beugin, research director for Canada’s EcoFiscal Commission. “That’s precisely what’s supposed to happen.”

To the experts, the questions over money are somewhat secondary to the central purpose of cap-and-trade: To achieve emissions cuts.

And no matter how those cuts are made – whether by companies and consumers responding to the carbon price or by government programs – Ontario’s hard cap will make sure emissions fall.

“I worry that when we start getting into conversations about carbon markets and cap-and-trade, it becomes a money conversation,” Ms. Petrevan said. “When, really and truly, cap-and-trade systems are about pricing carbon to add value to the things that don’t produce carbon.”


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2016 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gasoline, home heating costs rise in Ontario on Jan. 1

Province projects cap-and-trade will push gas up 4.3 cents per litre, home heating up $5 per month

By Mike Crawley, CBC News Posted: Dec 27, 2016 5:00 AM ET| Last Updated: Dec 27, 2016 5:00 AM ET

The price of fuel in Ontario is projected to rise 4.3 cents per litre on January 1, as a result of the government's new cap-and-trade program, which forces companies that produce greenhouse gases to purchase permits.

People across Ontario will be paying more to fill up their cars and heat their homes starting Jan. 1, when the Liberal government's new cap-and-trade plan takes effect.

A study commissioned by the province projects cap-and-trade will drive the price of gasoline up 4.3 cents per litre, and push up costs for people who heat with natural gas or furnace oil by an average of $5 per month.

The government projects the total extra costs of the initiative will amount to $156 per year for the average household.

Cap-and-trade explained

The government imposes caps on greenhouse gas emissions, and gradually lowers the caps over time. Big businesses must purchase permits to emit greenhouse gases. Businesses that reduce their emissions can sell their extra permits to other companies — the trade part of cap-and-trade. Ontario is entering a cap-and-trade market that already includes California and Quebec.

"People don't want to pay more and I get that, but I also know that people want to see results," Premier Kathleen Wynne said in a year-end interview with CBC Toronto.

"There's a lot of support for having clean air and taking pollution out of the air in the province," the premier said. "We need to play our part. Climate change is the single biggest threat that we're facing as the human race."

The Wynne government is going ahead with the cap-and-trade model to reduce carbon dioxide emissions rather than the carbon-tax model favoured by other provinces, like British Columbia and Alberta.

"We've chosen the cheapest, most cost-effective and most efficient system in cap-and-trade," Wynne said. "We made a decision to put a different system in place because it was cheaper for people and also because it will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions more efficiently."

Unlike the carbon-tax model, in which people get rebates or income tax cuts designed to offset the extra costs, Ontario's cap-and-trade plan is not revenue-neutral.

The government projects it will bring in $1.9 billion per year. They promise to spend it all on projects that will further reduce greenhouse gas emissions: for instance, new public transit, incentives for electric vehicles and rebates worth up to $2,000 per household for improving a home's energy efficiency, such as installing a new furnace, windows or insulation.

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"Climate change is the single biggest threat that we're facing as the human race," said Premier Kathleen Wynne in a year-end interview. (CBC)

"My hope is that as people see some costs ... people will also see offsets," said Wynne. "As the cap-and-trade revenue comes in, they'll see reinvestment."

What you won't see is the cap-and-trade cost broken down as a separate line item on your natural gas bill, as the government has declined to make that a policy.

The province made its projections of the impact on the price of gas and home heating as part of its 2016 budget, and characterized it as $13 a month for the average household.

"It's not a lot," Environment Minister Glen Murray said earlier this month.

Electricity prices are not projected to rise, as Ontario's power generators — predominantly nuclear, hydro and wind — do not create greenhouse gas emissions.

Using the cap-and-trade system, Ontario is aiming to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels as follows:
■15 per cent cut by 2020
■37 per cent by 2030
■80 per cent by 2050

The province's environmental commissioner, however, is questioning whether the province will actually hit its 2020 target.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2016 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( gas is going up 4 cents a litre permanently due to cap and trade and the minister says its not a lot of money , no he is wrong that is going to add up to a lot of money for the average consumer )

Gas prices going up about 4 cents a litre in Ontario, minister reminds drivers

'It's not a lot,' Ontario Minister Glen Murray says of the costs associated with cap-and-trade

By Muriel Draaisma, CBC News Posted: Dec 13, 2016 1:45 PM ET| Last Updated: Dec 13, 2016 2:53 PM ET

Ontario Environment Minister Glen Murray says of a four-cent increase in gas prices that will take effect in January: 'It's not a lot.'

Ontario Environment Minister Glen Murray says not much will change in the province due to a new national climate change deal signed last week, but reminds residents they'll be paying about four cents a litre more for gas and about $5 more monthly in natural gas bills starting in January.

"It's not a lot," Murray told Metro Morning on Tuesday.

Trudeau announces 'pan-Canadian framework' on climate — but Sask., Manitoba hold off

Murray said the price increases are examples of the costs associated with Ontario's cap-and-trade program. Both increases will take effect Jan. 1, 2017.

Murray said the provincial government is very aware that residents are trying to keep living costs down.

"What I would say is the government has been listening very carefully to that. The focus is so much on reducing the cost of living," he said.

But Murray said provinces are taking the lead on fighting climate change and Ontario is part of a "global market" that is trying to reduce emissions through carbon pricing.

"We've been very clear there are costs associated with this. You have to put a price on carbon. The fuels that cause the problem are being priced around the world," said Murray.

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Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, centre, talks as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left to right, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil, Prince Edward Island Premier Wade MacLauchlan and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley look on. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and Pallister did not sign a pan-Canadian climate framework.

As for the national climate change framework signed Friday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and all but two of the provincial premiers, Murray said the Wynne government has not committed itself to anything new.

The new deal puts in place a carbon pricing plan and aims to meet Canada's 2030 emissions reduction targets. Murray said Ontario, along with Quebec and California, already has a cap-and-trade system in place that he described as a "cost-effective" mechanism to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In that system, the province limits the amount of pollution allowed every year and companies trade to stay under their individual caps.

"That system is validated by this process, as long as it meets the outcomes that we have committed to as a province, as long we meet our targets. It doesn't have much effect," Murray said.

"It really starts to affect the other provinces that didn't really have any carbon pricing system in place."

Revenue from Ontario's cap-and-trade program will be used to subsidize environmental projects and programs in the province, he said.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2016 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( alberta is also implementing a similar carbon tax and raising the price of fuel as well )

Notley set to take hammer, saw to Alberta economy in 2017

Dean Bennett — Canadian Press

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

EDMONTON – The blueprints are completed, so Alberta Premier Rachel Notley will begin hammering and sawing away at Alberta’s energy base and economy in the coming year, in some cases stripping it down to the studs.

“I reserve my right to come out with a couple of extra things, but I think at this point you’ve seen the majority of (the plan),” Notley said in a year-end interview with The Canadian Press.

“Now it’s about implementing and executing.”

They’re changes that follow a tumultuous 2016 – the first time in 45 years Alberta was governed for 12 consecutive months by a party not named the Progressive Conservatives.

It’s a grand plan Notley and her team are implementing while simultaneously repelling accusations that it’s a fundamentally flawed ideological experiment make Alberta’s faltering economy even worse.

On Jan. 1, gas at the pumps goes up 4.5 cents a litre. Home heating and business fuels go up, too, as Alberta’s carbon tax kicks in.

The government estimates the average family will pay $443 more in 2017, but opposition members say it will be at least double that as the carbon tax dominoes through the economy and consumers pay for it through higher prices.

Notley has been labelled a double dealer, not explicitly running in the election on a carbon tax but nevertheless implementing one.

She is also depicted as a haughty, detached Marie Antoinette, shuttled around in a government-issue SUV while telling Albertans to avoid the brunt of the tax by changing their lifestyle, walking more, maybe taking more public transit.

“There’s been a lot of hyperbole out there,” said Notley.

“The increase that people will see at the gas tank on Jan. 1 will be smaller than the differential between gas sold on 109th (Street) and 99th (Street in Edmonton) on the same day.

“Most people will realize that this doesn’t suddenly mean that they have to park their car and walk to work, although quite frankly the more people who start thinking about that, the better.

“Because (doing so) is healthy ? and it really is about getting people to use less emissions.”

About two-thirds of Alberta families – those in the middle-to-lower income brackets – will get partial or full rebates.

The thinking is those who don’t qualify have the extra discretionary income and will be able to take part in upcoming rebate programs for energy efficiency.

The money from the carbon tax, estimated at $3 billion this year, will be used for green projects, including more public transit.

The tax is one plank in Notley’s climate change plan.

In 2016, the province struck a deal to compensate power producers as they phase out coal-fired power by 2030, replacing it with more natural gas and a mix of renewables such as wind, solar, and hydro.

To ensure the lights stay on, the government is backstopping the new electricity grid with loans and paying producers, not just for power used, but to have a surplus on hand to prevent shortages. Rates will be capped in the short term to shield ratepayers from price spikes.

Notley’s team believes the plan stands on its own but has already paid dividends. In November, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, citing Alberta’s plan, approved two pipeline expansions.

Opposition members have branded the plan a reckless multi-billion-dollar ideological experiment that will make Alberta less competitive in the global marketplace and further punish families struggling to find work.

There are other changes coming. In 2017, Alberta’s minimum wage will reach $13.60 an hour en route to $15 an hour in 2018.

The province is hoping incentive programs will diversify the economy and create jobs.

This year’s budget deficit is pegged at $10.8 billion.

It all means added stress.

Notley said to help offset that, she upped her daily running regimen and in October ran a half marathon in Vancouver.

To lighten the load, she also admitted to crossing the floor.

It was on Dec. 12, about 10 o’clock at night, on the second last day of a gruelling fall sitting.

Notley sat in the middle in the front bench with government house leader Brian Mason. Across the aisle she noticed the old desks she and Mason occupied as a two-member opposition were empty.

“So I said, ‘Hey Brian, let’s go sit over there,'” recalled Notley.

No, said Mason.

Yes, said the premier.

So they did, walking past the arched eyebrows of the sergeant-at-arms to sit in their old spots in the corner.

They chirped at the PCs a bit, then looked across at the sea of seats now occupied by their own caucus.

“It was kind of a nice moment,” said Notley.

No, she added, she didn’t heckle.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2016 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RCO wrote:

'It's not a lot,' Ontario Minister Glen Murray says of the costs associated with cap-and-trade


When I factor in;
The current Gasoline Tax @ 14.7¢ per liter of unleaded gasoline;


The current 10.0¢ per liter of Federal Consumption Tax;


Then of course the 5% GST we always paid on gasoline,

And now the 8% PST that we pay on Gasoline after the HST

Then we add the new 4¢ per liter for cap and trade;

We are basically paying 30¢ per liter in straight up sin tax;
Then around 13¢ -ish per liter in consumption taxes;

For all the crap the oil companies take for high gas prices;
The reality is this Glen Murray mentality of its not a lot becomes a lot when there are already a plethora of taxes already on gasoline is a big part of the pain at the pump.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The tax total approaches 40% of the total cost of the gasonline we buy. And it'll be going higher.

So next time you fill up, you can take the total cost, and figure almost half of it is a payment to the government for the privilege of buying gasoline.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( wynne's disastrous cap and trade plan has come into effect , the cost of everything is going to rise for very tiny environmental gains , there is reports some places gas has already risen to $1.10 and it was around 99 cents a few days ago , so it went up more than the 5 cent amount that is new tax )

Cap and trade catastrophe
Ontario's carbon pricing scheme, which starts Sunday, is a train wreck

By Lorrie Goldstein, Toronto Sun
First posted: Saturday, December 31, 2016 06:50 PM EST | Updated: Saturday, December 31, 2016 04:25 PM EST

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s cap and trade scheme goes into effect Sunday, Jan. 1. Here are eight major reasons why you should be alarmed.

1. Costs appear to be higher than estimated

The Wynne government estimates the initial cost of cap and trade per household will be $156 per year, due to increased costs for gasoline ($8 per month) and natural gas home heating fuel ($5 per month), rising to $285 annually in 2019 in direct and indirect costs. However, its own estimate that it will take in $2 billion annually from cap and trade ($8 billion from 2017 to 2020) suggests the real annual cost to Ontarians will be $400 per household, given that Ontario has about five million households. The Ontario Energy Board says the initial increase in homeowners’ heating bills alone — which won’t be listed as a separate charge — will be $5.68 to $6.70 per month, already up to 34% higher than the government’s claim.

2. No transparency

Unlike a carbon tax, which is visible, cap-and-trade raises the prices of most goods and services, since most consume fossil fuel energy. Businesses pass along their increased costs from having to buy carbon allowances from the government or their competitors, by raising their prices. Since the price of consumer goods is determined by numerous factors, Ontarians will have no way of knowing what they are paying for cap and trade.

3. Severe impact on low-income Ontarians

Cap and trade is essentially a hidden tax on consumption. Since lower income earners, including seniors on fixed incomes, spend a larger proportion of their income on necessities, such as heating their homes in winter, cap and trade will disproportionately impact them in terms of costs. This even though their carbon footprints are relatively small because they consume less, tend to live in apartments as opposed to single family homes, take public transit as opposed to owning cars and do not engage in fossil-fuel intensive activities such as taking foreign vacations.

4. No revenue neutrality

While the government is promising to help Ontarians cope with the higher cost of living cap and trade causes, its scheme will not be revenue neutral, meaning it will not return to the public in the form of tax cuts or grants the $2 billion annually it intends to raise from carbon pricing. Instead of helping all Ontarians to cope with the higher cost of living, the government will pick winners and losers, which governments are notoriously bad at doing.

5. Limited effectiveness

Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk says cap and trade will only reduce Ontario’s industrial greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change by 3.8 megatonnes annually by 2020, 20% of its 18.7 megatonnes target. The government claims the rest of its target, 14.9 megatonnes or 80%, will be achieved by counting emission reductions in California and Quebec resulting from Ontario’s entry into their cap and trade market in 2018.

6. Double counting emission cuts

Lysyk warns that since there is no agreement between California, Quebec and Ontario about how to report emission cuts under cap and trade, they may be double counted, undermining the credibility of Ontario’s reported cuts. For example, a business in California could sell 100 carbon allowances (each one permitting the bearer to emit one tonne of industrial carbon dioxide emissions or its equivalent) to an Ontario company. California could then record the sale of 100 carbon allowances as having lowered its emissions by 100 tonnes, because they’re being exported to Ontario. Meanwhile, Ontario could record the purchase of the same 100 credits by an Ontario company as having lowered Ontario’s emissions by 100 tonnes, because it lowered California’s emissions.

7. No verification of emission cuts

Ontario businesses emitting greenhouse gases are expected to pay up to $466 million more from 2017 to 2020 to buy carbon allowances from emitters in Quebec and California, which could rise to $2.2 billion by 2030. “Our concern with these payments,” Lysyk said, “is that the government has not adequately studied whether Ontario businesses buying these allowances will actually contribute to additional emissions reductions in Quebec and California.” As a result, “these funds may be leaving the Ontario economy for no purpose other than to help the government claim it has met a target.”

8. Potential misuse of free carbon allowances

The Wynne government is giving out free carbon allowances — essentially free money — to major Ontario industrial emitters because it says it has to protect them from foreign competition in jurisdictions that don’t have carbon pricing. But it has not explained what mechanism it has, if any, to prevent industries that receive free allowances from raising their prices as if they had paid for them, resulting in undeserved, windfall profits, as occurred in Europe’s cap and trade market, the Emissions Trading Scheme.


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Gas prices expected to soar as cap-and-trade program kicks in

by News Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2016 10:40 am EST
Last Updated Jan 2, 2017 at 8:30 am EST

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to save money, you may want to consider selling your car.

Gas prices in the GTA are expected to climb by nearly five cents to 116.9 cents per litre on Monday, En-Pro predicts.

That comes after an extremely short-lived penny drop at most stations Sunday.

The hike can be at least partly attributed to Ontario government’s new cap and trade carbon tax which comes into effect January 1.

Roger McKnight, the Chief Petroleum Analyst at En-Pro, says the Ontario government had estimated an increase of 4.3 cents per litre but adds that doesn’t factor in the HST, which will be applied at the wholesale level by the oil companies, bringing the increase closer to 4.8 cents a litre.

The average home heating bill could also cost extra $5 per month.

Ontario hopes to raise $1.9 billion a year from cap and trade and $8 billion by the end of 2020.

The province promises to spend the money on programs that reduce emissions and help businesses and consumers adapt to a low-carbon economy


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Carbon pricing pushes gas prices higher in Ontario, Alberta

Josh Dehaas, CTVNews.ca Writer

Published Sunday, January 1, 2017 7:21PM EST

Drivers in Ontario and Alberta rang in the new year with higher gas prices, as provincial carbon pricing schemes came into effect.

In Calgary, the cost of gasoline rose on average three cents overnight, from 1.09/litre to about 1.12/litre, according to the website GasBuddy.com. In Toronto, prices also went up by about three cents, from around 1.10/litre to 1.13/litre.

The three-cents-per-litre increase means it now costs about $2 more to fill up a standard vehicle’s tank in those provinces.

Toronto gas prices
Ontario’s cap-and-trade program and Alberta’s carbon tax, which both came into effect on Jan. 1, were expected to push up gas costs by 4.5 cents/litre in Alberta and 4.3 cents/litre in Ontario.

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Gas prices rise in Toronto and Alberta, on Jan. 1, 2016.

Ontario’s cap-and-trade program and Alberta’s carbon tax, which both came into effect on Jan. 1, were expected to push up gas costs by 4.5 cents/litre in Alberta and 4.3 cents/litre in Ontario.

Prices for diesel fuel and natural gas are also expected to rise. For example, Ontario’s energy regulator says Union Gas bills will go up this month by between $4.65 and $13.54.

The carbon pricing is part of a national strategy to reduce climate-change causing carbon emissions by making polluters pay. All provinces except Manitoba and Saskatchewan signed on to the federal Liberals’ agreement last month.

Carbon pricing is nothing new: British Columbia has had a tax since 2008 and Quebec has participated in a cap-and-trade program since 2013.

The federal Liberals have said that all Canadian provinces and territories must put a price on carbon in order to slow climate change, while the opposition Conservatives have argued it won’t put a dent in global emissions but will manage to hurt businesses and consumers.

Alberta’s carbon tax of $20 per tonne, rising to $30 per tonne in 2018, is expected to cost families up to $443 per year, although rebates are available for middle and low-income earners.

Ontario households are expected to pay an additional $156 in 2017, according to the province’s auditor general. Ontario’s Liberal government says all of the money raised will be spent either reducing emissions or helping businesses and consumers adapt.

Alberta’s tax, put in place by Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP government, is particularly controversial considering the downturn in the province’s economy as a result of weak oil prices.

Alberta’s opposition Wildrose Party continued its campaign against the tax on Sunday, with Wildrose Leader Brian Jean issuing a statement saying that "the vast majority of Albertans do not support this carbon tax, no matter how much money the NDP waste on ads promoting it....”

Wildrose MLA Derek Fildebrant, meanwhile, tweeted on New Year’s Eve that he was filling up “every jerrycan” he could find.

Alberta’s Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman told reporters Sunday that the tax is “the best way for us to protect for the environment and protect jobs and get pipelines built.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said last month that the Liberals likely wouldn’t have approved two major Alberta pipeline projects last month without Notley’s “leadership” in adding the tax.

Carbon pricing has also proven a hard sell Ontario, where the electricity portion of hydro bills for homes and small businesses has already risen 70 per cent in less than a decade.

The rising energy costs in Ontario have been forcing some to choose between food and electricity, a problem Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne called “my mistake.”

Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown has said he supports a carbon tax, but he tweeted Sunday that “Wynne's cap and trade will achieve no meaningful emission reductions in Ontario but at an enormous cost.” Brown called cap-and-trade “a huge cash grab!”


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Cap-and-Trade will cost motorists and homeowners


Saturday, December 31, 2016 4:42:37 EST PM

Happy New Year and welcome to 2017 where you can expect to pay more to fill up your vehicle and heat your home.

Gasoline is expected to jump 4.3 cents per litre and natural gas is expected to cost more beginning Sunday.

And the increases don't stop just there.

Food, clothing and any other products that are transported by truck are also expected to climb.

“The price of fuel is going to go up and everything that is delivered will also increase in cost,” said Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli.

Gas prices jumped Thursday night into Friday morning from $1.01 per litre to $112.3 at several area gas stations.

According to GasBuddy.com the average price of gasoline in North Bay Friday was $108.7.

The Liberal's controversial Cap-and-Trade program is designed to help fight climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The province has set annual limits on how many tonnes of greenhouse gas pollution businesses and institutions can emit and that cap will drop each year.

Companies will be able to buy and sell allowances.

The program has received intense criticism from Ontario residents and politicians who only see it as a cash grab.

The program is expected to cost the average Ontario household $13 more each month to fuel a car and heat a home, according to the province.

A report by Ontario's auditor general Bonnie Lysyk said that amount will increase from $156 in 2017 to $210 in 2019 plus additional yearly indirect costs on goods and services of $75 in 2019.

“(Premier Kathleen) Wynne is making Ontario uncompetitive and this will directly hurt families,” said Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli.

“This is part of Wynne's war on the car, but it excludes the thinking of Northern and rural Ontario residents who need their vehicles to get around,” he said.

“It's not like we live in Southern Ontario where residents have access to GO trains and subways. All we have are our cars.”

The province says the program will generate about $1.9 billion annually, which will be used to support projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Fedeli said this is simply an assault on natural gas.

“The province no longer wants people to use natural gas, this is an outright ban and the Liberals are doing it step-by-step,” he said.

“The province isn't allowing Cap-and-Trade to be listed on individual gas bills.”

Fedeli said it's part of Wynne's solution to use the excess electricity the province is producing.

“Because we make more power this is her way to ensure Ontarians start consuming it and stop exporting the excess electricity we produce at a loss.”

Fedeli said the Liberals will continue to say this program is all about green house gases, but the government is taking advantage toward people's good will and turning it into a revenue tool.

“Climate change is serious, but we need a credible plan that protects the taxpayer and the economy,” he said.

Fedeli said the Cap-and-Trade bill is 56 pages, however there is one particular line on page 55 that stood out.

He said the line states that the program will reimburse the Crown for expenditures incurred by the Crown for any purpose described in paragraph two – transportation, infrastructure and public transit vehicles.

Fedeli said the province previously announced $130 billion in transit and infrastructure announcements that they had budgeted for, however that will now be paid through the Cap-and-Trade program.

The money budgeted for those transit and infrastructure programs will instead be used to reduce the debt.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why aren't Progressive Conservatives rubbing the public's nose in what Hudak would have accomplished by now? Just a question ...

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bugs wrote:
Why aren't Progressive Conservatives rubbing the public's nose in what Hudak would have accomplished by now? Just a question ...

I think everyone just wants to forget about Tim Hudak , the reality is the pc's lost the last election and the 3 before it and its 2017 , its time to look forward not back and figure out how to win the next election and remove wynne from power

but I'm sure the economy would be better in places like Ontario and Alberta if they had conservative governments instead , the left's ideas and policy is so horrible its just making things worse , the carbon tax in alberta is going to do even more damage to an already weak economy and do little for the environment , the crisis in alberta is the economy and jobs , not the environment

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PC leader says he would dismantle Wynne government's cap-and-trade plan

The Liberal government's plan will not reduce greenhouse emissions in any meaningful way, he says
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Silhouette of Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown, seen in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. today. Kenneth Armstrong/Village Media

The leader of the Ontario PC party says the provincial government’s cap-and-trade plan, which went into effect Jan.1, is costing Ontarians too much and, if he is elected as premier, would be dismantled.

Patrick Brown, PC leader and MPP for Simcoe North, said the $2-billion the provincial government expects the cap-and-trade plan to bring in will not go toward reducing emissions by any meaningful amount.

The Liberal government has said the money raised will be used to transition Ontario residents and businesses to transition to a low carbon economy, with climate change-fighting retrofit projects, among others.

Brown said the Liberal government shouldn't be trusted to collect and keep the money from the plan to put toward what he called its 'pet projects.'

“If it was really about altering behaviour, why does the government need to keep it? Why is it a line item in Kathleen Wynne’s budget,” he asked, rhetorically.

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change said, in a Dec. 21 statement, that cap and trade is best suited for the province's economy.

"Third-party economic experts have confirmed that our plan is both the most cost effective and best at reducing emissions compared to carbon pricing alternatives," read the statement.

Under cap and trade, pollution limits are provided to industries in Ontario — who can sell their unused credits or buy more, if needed.

Brown said the added costs will not just affect businesses, as evidenced by an increase of 4.3 cents per litre that can be charged by gas retailers.

“Every person filling up at the pumps in Simcoe County and Barrie is going to be paying more," said Brown.

The plan is also expected to increase home heating bills by an estimated $5 a month.

In her year end report, Ontario's Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk took a critical look at the cap-and-trade plan.

She notes the Liberals chose to join an existing carbon market with Quebec and California, both forecasted to have much larger reductions in greenhouse gas than Ontario is.

“We are subsidizing California. Why Kathleen Wynne and the Liberal government would tie us on to this, would send revenue to Quebec and (California) is so short-sighted," said Brown.

In her report, Lysyk said small reductions in emissions in Ontario are expected to come 'at a significant cost' to Ontario households and businesses.

If elected as premiere, Brown said he would dismantle the cap-and-trade plan.

“This is a huge new cost and I don’t support cash grabs by tired scandal-plagued governments,” he added.

Brown was in Sault Ste. Marie today in support of the local PC candidate for an upcoming byelection in that riding.

David Orazietti, who served as Liberal MPP for the riding for 13 years stepped down from his cabinet position and provincial politics as of Dec. 31, about 18 months prior to the next expected provincial election.

“I think there are a lot of Liberal MPPs who have a difficulty propping up this Wynne/McGuinty government,” said Brown.

Because of the sudden departure of Orazietti, a byelection will have to be called in the riding within six months.

The Ontario PC party is the only one in the riding to have named its candidate for the byelection, current city councillor Ross Romano.

“(The Liberal government) has been in power 13 years — five OPP investigations, huge job losses, credit downgraded, most job losses — I can understand why a lot Liberals are looking for the exit doors, voters are fed up and maybe this will be one of many byelections,” he said.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RCO wrote:

Brown said the Liberal government shouldn't be trusted to collect and keep the money from the plan to put toward what he called its 'pet projects.'

“If it was really about altering behaviour, why does the government need to keep it? Why is it a line item in Kathleen Wynne’s budget,” he asked, rhetorically.

This isn't about changing behavior at all because in many cases there isn't an alternative available.

Its also another tax that will hurt the working poor far more than anyone else.

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Brown said the added costs will not just affect businesses, as evidenced by an increase of 4.3 cents per litre that can be charged by gas retailers.

“Every person filling up at the pumps in Simcoe County and Barrie is going to be paying more," said Brown.


Keep in mind we are paying 1.14 a liter today with Oil @ 50 bucks a barrel;
It was at over 100 dollar a barrel in 2014 and our dollar was a lot stronger.
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