(Bloomberg) -- Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives will scrap the province’s cap-and-trade program and pull out of the carbon-trading market with Quebec and California in its first act of government.
Premier-designate Doug Ford also said he would challenge Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s authority to make local governments put a price on greenhouse gas emissions.
The PCs will be sworn in June 29 after defeating the Liberals in an election earlier this month, and ending what he called a job-killing carbon tax was one of his major commitments during the campaign. Ontario will also quit the Western Climate Initiative, Ford said Friday from Toronto.
“Eliminating the carbon tax and cap-and-trade is the right thing to do and is a key component in our plan to bring your gas prices down by 10 cents per liter,” he said in a statement.
Trudeau’s government is bringing in carbon pricing rules to cover all provinces and a “backstop” for local governments that don’t come up with their own plans this year.
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