Green Party of Ontario leader Mike Schreiner issued the following statement in response to the Auditor General’s 2016 Annual Report:
“People want to take action to reduce our carbon footprint and do our part in addressing climate change, but their faith is shaken when programs are overly complex, full of loopholes and open to possible abuse.
The Liberals have failed to hold contractors accountable. This failure erodes trust in government and jeopardizes plans in place to meet pollution reduction targets.
Transit is good for our communities, for reducing congestion and pollution, and improving air quality. But the public’s goodwill in paying for transit is undermined when the government signs contracts with companies who have in the past failed to deliver.
The province needs to make sure we are getting value for our money and that contractors are held accountable when they fail to deliver projects on time and on budget.
Oversight of polluters
Over the last decade, the government has given corporations permits that allow pollution emissions in the course of their business. Yet the government has failed to follow up to monitor levels and impacts of pollution.
We should all be worried about how inadequate pollution inspections are threatening public health and the environment.
Loopholes for big polluters
The Liberals have given free pollution permits to corporate polluters. People are understandably skeptical about the fairness and effectiveness of the Liberal climate plan.
It also undermines public confidence when Ontarians are paying to reduce carbon pollution in California instead of here at home.
I continue to call on the government to reverse their policy of giving big corporations free permits to pollute. And I call on the government to implement a fair, effective and transparent carbon fee and dividend policy. ”