On November 29, the Ontario government of Doug Ford released its promised climate change proposals in a new report, called Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations: A Made-In-Ontario Environment Plan. The government will continue consultation, with public submissions accepted here until January 28 2019, and pledges to establish an Advisory Panel on Climate Change. The major focus of the plan is to establish a Carbon Trust of $400 million over four years, which includes a $50 million ‘reverse auction,’ through which the government will fund private sector clean technology proposals. It commits to an 8% emissions reduction over the next 12 years, a much less ambitious target than that of the previous Liberal government. Reaction has been almost universally negative, as compiled by Climate Action Network Canada and by the CBC in “Ontario Climate change plan includes fund to help big polluters reduce emissions” (Nov. 29) . The Ecofiscal Commission offers a detailed critique and assessment in “Up in the Air” ; the Pembina Institute states “The plan weakens Ontario’s carbon pollution reduction targets by 27 per cent…. The plan released today contains mainly aspirational statements and plans to make plans.”
The Ontario Green Party calls the Ford government plan a Litter Reduction Plan, not a climate plan . The Green Party’s own Climate Plan, Leaping into the future: A comprehensive strategy for reducing Ontario’s emissions, was released on November 15, and sets a 100% carbon neutral by 2050 target, and a return to carbon pricing.