Ottawa’s contradictory climate policy just wastes money

Billions of dollars in spending announcements allow politicians to burnish their green credentials. But they don't get the job done

Ottawa’s contradictory climate policy just wastes money“Around the world, businesses, governments and experts agree that carbon pricing is the cheapest and most efficient way to cut carbon pollution,” Catherine McKenna, Canada’s environment and climate change minister, recently tweeted. If what she says is true, it means all other anti-carbon strategies – including regulations and subsidies – are unnecessarily expensive and inefficient.…

Getting out from under Ontario’s high electricity rates

Premier Doug Ford's new government should cancel existing renewable energy contracts, not just future deals

Getting out from under Ontario’s high electricity ratesBy Elmira Aliakbari and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute If its recent throne speech is any indication, Ontario’s new government wants to reverse past mistakes and reduce electricity prices for Ontarians by cancelling 758 expensive green energy contracts with renewable generators for sources such as wind and solar. According to the government’s press release, this…

Green Ontario Fund a misuse of resources

There’s no better way to waste public funds than to have programs where everyone is spending everyone else’s money

Green Ontario Fund a misuse of resourcesPremier Doug Ford has already broken a key promise. Instead of putting money back into the pockets of Ontarians, the new Progressive Conservative premier of Ontario is apparently hiking expenses. We know this because that great bastion of sound fiscal logic and clear economic thinking – the Toronto Star editorial board – says so. The Green Ontario Fund, which Ford plans to cut, “is putting money…

Make Ontario energy affordable again

Premier Doug Ford must fulfil his promise to scrap the cap-and-trade carbon tax

Make Ontario energy affordable againBack in 2016, Toronto-based Leland Industries announced it would no longer expand in Ontario but instead do so in Illinois. Illinois businesses are themselves fleeing to nearby U.S. states because that state’s business and personal taxes make it an expensive place to do business. That a company would move to high-tax Illinois tells us all we need to know…

Greenbelt development plan could be Ford’s undoing

The Ontario PC leader boasting that he would build homes on the fiercely-protected lands illustrates stunningly bad political instinct

Greenbelt development plan could be Ford’s undoingOne of Patrick Brown's legacies is the ample war chest the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario has for the June 7 provincial election campaign. Among the largest donors in recent years are land developers. A recently-released video of PC Leader Doug Ford (Brown’s successor) speaking behind closed doors to supporters exposes his plans to open…

Ontario’s billion-dollar plans to reduce plant food

Using climate regulations to reduce pollution is obviously an expensive blunder

Ontario’s billion-dollar plans to reduce plant foodThe Ontario government’s throne speech last month told us that “you cannot be serious about lowering emissions and fighting climate change without a price on carbon pollution.” Nowhere in the speech is it specified what this supposed pollution actually is. That’s probably because, if it did, many people would realize that the Ontario government is…

Ontario must pull the plug on painful electricity-related policies

Ontario electricity rates for industry are among highest in North America, thanks to a series of bad government policy decisions

Ontario must pull the plug on painful electricity-related policiesBy Ross McKitrick and Elmira Aliakbari The Fraser Institute Ontario manufacturers are feeling the pinch from high electricity prices. But how high are the province’s industrial electricity rates relative to other jurisdictions? Ontario has the highest residential electricity costs of all Canadian provinces. Ontario electricity prices increased twice as fast as the national average over the past…

The short-circuit in Ontario’s manufacturing sector

The province’s high electricity prices – driven by wrong-headed policies – are responsible for a staggering 75,000 manufacturing job losses

The short-circuit in Ontario’s manufacturing sectorBy Ross McKitrick and Elmira Aliakbari The Fraser Institute Soaring electricity costs have devastated Ontario's manufacturing sector. In the 1990s and into the 2000s, Ontario was a low-electricity-cost jurisdiction. This competitive advantage helped attract business and foster economic growth in the province. But in recent years, due largely to the inefficiencies of the Green Energy Act (2009),…

Ontario, Alberta carbon tax schemes defy economic common sense

Carbon taxes should replace, not add to, existing environmental regulations and subsidies

Ontario, Alberta carbon tax schemes defy economic common senseIn an episode of the television program Seinfeld, the bungling George Costanza tells his friends that he’s concluded that every instinct he has is always wrong. So Jerry suggests George should always do the opposite of his first instinct: “If every instinct you have is wrong, the opposite would have to be right.” Somebody ought…

Another environmental black hole: home energy audits

Canadian governments are spiralling towards making energy policy as complicated and onerous as possible for the average consumer

Another environmental black hole: home energy auditsNASA recently reported that its space telescopes witnessed the birth of a new black hole. In a spiral galaxy some 22-million light-years away, scientists noted that where star N6946 BH1 had once been, there was now a light-grabbing mass defined by enormous gravitational pull. Homeowners in Canada may soon have a similar sensation, but they…