Doug Ford continues to mislead Ontarians

Doug Ford continues to mislead Ontarians

Anita Vandenbeld, Member of Parliament for Ottawa West-Nepean, issued the following statement:

Ottawa, Ontario, March 14 2019 – Today, Minister Rod Phillips will continue to mislead Ontarians on the seriousness of climate change. We saw it yesterday when Premier Ford spoke about our government’s plan to put a price on pollution, and we will see it again this morning at Algonquin College. These are the kinds of dishonest statements that we are coming to expect from both Premier Ford and Andrew Scheer. They continue to mislead small and medium sized businesses in order to hide their real plan: to make pollution free again.


Putting a price on pollution works and is the right decision for families and businesses. We know that investing in clean growth creates economic opportunity, and we built our plan to encourage companies to innovate, which creates more good middle class jobs for Canadians. We also lowered taxes for small businesses down to 9%, making it the lowest rate among G7 countries.

Here are just a few of the things Doug Ford has been misleading Ontarians about:

Doug Ford claims our plan will make businesses uncompetitive. This is NOT TRUE

FACT: We are supporting small and medium sized businesses to cut pollution by becoming more energy efficient. This will lower their energy costs and help them remain competitive. In Ontario, that means $975 million over five years.

Doug Ford claims pricing pollution will make no difference to the environment. This is NOT TRUE

FACT: A price on pollution across Canada will cut more pollution in 2022 than closing 30 coal units for an entire year.

Doug Ford claims our plan will hurt family budgets. This is NOT TRUE

FACT: Most Ontario families will have more money in their pockets at the end of the day under our plan for pricing pollution. A family of four in Ontario will get $307 this year.

Doug Ford claims pricing pollution will cause a recession. This is NOT TRUE

FACT: Economists from across Canada have said this claim is not only wrong, but is downright irresponsible. British Columbia has had a price on pollution for over a decade, and had the strongest economic growth in Canada for the last several years. When Ontario had a cap and trade system, their economic growth was among the strongest in Canada. Doug Ford dismantled this system, and his mismanagement of the province has already led to the downgrading of Ontario’s credit rating. Doug Ford should know better.

By stepping back from climate action, Doug Ford’s lack of leadership would add 30 million more tonnes of carbon pollution, risking a dirty future for our children and grandchildren.

We can’t let Conservative politicians try to take us back in time, and take money out of the pockets of Ontarians. When provinces fail to lead, we will step up.

Doug Ford continues to mislead Ontarians

Anita Vandenbeld, Member of Parliament for Ottawa West-Nepean, issued the following statement:

Ottawa, Ontario, March 14 2019 – Today, Minister Rod Phillips will continue to mislead Ontarians on the seriousness of climate change. We saw it yesterday when Premier Ford lied about our government’s plan to put a price on pollution, and we will see it again this morning at Algonquin College. These are the kinds of dishonest statements that we are coming to expect from both Premier Ford and Andrew Scheer. They continue to mislead small and medium sized businesses in order to hide their real plan: to make pollution free again.


Putting a price on pollution works and is the right decision for families and businesses. We know that investing in clean growth creates economic opportunity, and we built our plan to encourage companies to innovate, which creates more good middle class jobs for Canadians. We also lowered taxes for small businesses down to 9%, making it the lowest rate among G7 countries.

Here are just a few of the things Doug Ford has been lying about:

Doug Ford claims our plan will make businesses uncompetitive. This is NOT TRUE

FACT: We are supporting small and medium sized businesses to cut pollution by becoming more energy efficient. This will lower their energy costs and help them remain competitive. In Ontario, that means $975 million over five years.

Doug Ford claims pricing pollution will make no difference to the environment. This is NOT TRUE

FACT: A price on pollution across Canada will cut more pollution in 2022 than closing 30 coal units for an entire year.

Doug Ford claims our plan will hurt family budgets. This is NOT TRUE

FACT: Most Ontario families will have more money in their pockets at the end of the day under our plan for pricing pollution. A family of four in Ontario will get $307 this year.

Doug Ford claims pricing pollution will cause a recession. This is NOT TRUE

FACT: Economists from across Canada have said this claim is not only wrong, but is downright irresponsible. British Columbia has had a price on pollution for over a decade, and had the strongest economic growth in Canada for the last several years. When Ontario had a cap and trade system, their economic growth was among the strongest in Canada. Doug Ford dismantled this system, and his mismanagement of the province has already led to the downgrading of Ontario’s credit rating. Doug Ford should know better.

By stepping back from climate action, Doug Ford’s lack of leadership would add 30 million more tonnes of carbon pollution, risking a dirty future for our children and grandchildren.

We can’t let Conservative politicians try to take us back in time, and take money out of the pockets of Ontarians. When provinces fail to lead, we will step up.

Showing 1 reaction

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.
  • Chris Assad
    commented 2019-03-14 18:25:44 -0400
    Doug Ford and his ministers are a curse on Ontarians in particular and on Canadians in general.