Premier Ford wrong to say carbon pricing will cause a recession

QUEEN’S PARK — Green Party of Ontario leader Mike Schreiner released the following statement in response to Premier Ford’s supposition that carbon pricing would cause a recession:

“The Premier must stop misleading people about climate action and pollution pricing.

It is simply not true that pricing pollution causes a recession.

Alberta and BC continue to lead the country in economic growth and both provinces have carbon pricing in place. In fact, many of the highest performing economies around the world have or are planning to put a price on pollution.

Although I was not a big fan of the Liberals’ cap and trade plan, Ontario had its lowest unemployment rate in 18 years with pollution pricing in place.

It’s dangerous and disappointing for the Premier to mislead the public about pollution pricing.

Climate change is already costing Ontario billions, and the costs will only go up if the Ford government continues to take us backwards.”