The pretext of the Ontario government’s Climate Change Action Plan suggests the plan is transformational and bold.
How about unrealistic and damaging.
The idea of eliminating natural gas as a home heating fuel would have huge economic implications.
Some estimates suggest that home heating bills could see a 300-600% increase; think of what that will do to your household budget !
Oh sure, solar panels or heat pumps could be options, but most Ontarians can’t afford the up front cost , so we’d be stuck with the higher hydro bills.
Then, there’s the idea of subsidies to encourage the purchase of electric cars.
Once again, there’s the issue of cost.
Electric cars are pricey , and frankly unaffordable for many Ontarians.
So what we’ll see is wealthier Ontarians receiving taxpayer funded subsidies to buy a new car.
Doesn’t seem fair does it ?
To be fair, past environmental initiatives like the Greenbelt and investment in public transit make all kinds of sense.
But this Climate Change Action Plan looks like it was devised by someone who lives in a tiny condo in downtown Toronto, with no understanding of how it would impact our economy and our lives.
Apparently, the document is sitting in someone’s desk drawer at Queens Park right now.
For the sake of Ontario’s economic future, that’s where it should stay.