Ford government blames Liberals for loss of 227 clean-energy projects - 2019-07-09

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F99.png Ford government blames Liberals for loss of 227 clean-energy projects July 9, 2019, Fatima Syed, National Observer

Ontario's Progressive Conservative government doubled down Wednesday on its decision to eliminate 227 separate pollution-reducing projects, blaming its Liberal predecessor for the cuts.

The projects were fully funded by a $2.9-billion international clean energy trading market — known as cap and trade — that worked to eliminate the carbon pollution produced by industrial emitters, but the Ford government said that canceling it had saved Ontario taxpayers $880 million. (The government's budget notes that these are direct savings to Ontario private-sector businesses in 2019.)

Facing a barrage of online criticism prompted by revelations, published Tuesday morning by National Observer, that found a wide range of initiatives set to reduce greenhouse gas emissions had lost their funding — including schools, hospitals, small businesses and several social housing providers — Chelsea Dolan, a Ministry of Environment spokesperson, said cap and trade was "a poorly designed, hastily implemented and poorly executed" system designed by the former Liberal provincial government "as a desperate attempt to garner support in the lead up to the election."

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{{cite news | first = Fatima | last = Syed | title = Ford government blames Liberals for loss of 227 clean-energy projects | url = https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/07/09/news/ford-government-blames-liberals-loss-227-clean-energy-projects | work = National Observer | date = July 9, 2019 | accessdate = July 10, 2019 }}