Courts block Ford’s effort to go rogue on climate

Mike Schreiner released the following statement after the ruling from the Ontario Court of Appeal about the constitutionality of a price on carbon:

“For the past year, the Premier has wasted our money in a $30 million dollar misinformation campaign to sabotage climate solutions. 

While global emissions reached an all-time high in 2018, the Premier distracted us with selfies and stickers at gas pumps, showing a complete disregard for the seriousness of the climate emergency. 

I am relieved the courts have struck down his attempts to make Ontario a rogue actor in the fight against the climate crisis. 

The courts confirmed what legal experts have said all along – that the federal government has the constitutional authority to require minimum actions for reducing pollution. 

A price on pollution is only the starting point for climate action. So much more is needed, from mass transit to home and building retrofits to preparing our communities for extreme weather.

Yet so far the Premier has done more to invite climate disaster than he has done to prevent it. 

But with a Green wave growing across Canada, there is a rising tide of support for climate action. 

And I invite the Premier to finally jump on the bandwagon rather than blocking it at every turn.”