July 2018
Government Outlines Legislative Priorities for Summer Sitting

2018-07-10 4:40:44 PM


Today Government House Leader Todd Smith said that the government's top three priorities for the summer legislative sitting are to deal with the York University strike, scrap cap-and-trade, and cancel a wind energy project. Specifically, the government will move legislation to: 

  • End the York University labour dispute. While one of the bargaining units on strike at York reached an agreement with the university last week, others remain on strike. 

  • Scrap Ontario's Cap-and-Trade Program. The Premier already rescinded the province's cap-and-trade regulation, as of July 3 2018. As a result the government announced that it would begin an "orderly wind-down" of all programs that are funded by revenues from the cap-and-trade. There are a number of important municipal programs that are funded with the proceeds of cap-and-trade, such as social housing retrofits, the Municipal Commuter Cycling Program and the Municipal GHG Challenge Fund. It's not yet clear if these programs will continue to be funded using other sources of revenue. 

  • Cancel the White Pines Wind Project. The wind energy project, located in Prince Edward County, was opposed by the Progressive Conservative Party during the election campaign and fits into larger changes the new government wants to make to wind energy programs and the Green Energy Act.

The legislature returns to Queen's Park on July 11 with an official Speech from the Throne outlining the new government's priorities on July 12th at 2:00pm. 


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