Following the announcement by Environment Minister John Gerretsen, it’s clear that the McGuinty government has only put eco-fees on hold for 90 days pending a ‘review’:
The Ontario government says it will scrap the controversial “eco fee” for 90 days to develop a new system “that works for consumers,” but will kick in $5-million during that time to make up for the money no longer being charged to consumers at the cash register.
You see, the Ontario government and mysterious entity Stewardship Ontario don’t believe there is a problem double-dipping on taxpayers. Instead it’s a communication problem, in other words they think we’re too stupid to understand it:
“For their part, Stewardship Ontario did not do a good job in preparing Ontarians for these new fees,” the company said in a statement. “They did not properly communicate why the fees exist or the importance of safely recycling these hazardous products.”
So, can we expect any of the Liberal-cronies running Stewardship Ontario to be fired? Thought not.
Gerretsen’s statement suggests that consumers will be consulted during the 90-day suspension. What that means is that they think the anger will have died off and no one will care when they reactivate it.
Here’s how to contact Gerretsen:
The Honourable John Gerretsen
Minister of the Environment
77 Wellesley Street West
11th Floor, Ferguson Block
Telephone: (416) 314-6790
Fax: (416) 314-7337
If you prefer to email, there is a link on this page
The 90-day hiatus is a cynical political move aimed to exploit the passive nature of most Ontarians. Get mad and get calling, writing and emailing. Tell your friends and neighbors, call your MPP (find them here). While Stewardship Ontario exists, the eco-fee will remain a threat, so lets kill a few unnecessary green jobs.
Ontario’s government has folded and will eliminate the controversial eco-fees after facing a consumer backlash:
Environment Minister John Gerretsen will announce on Tuesday that fees attached to thousands of household items will be eliminated, according to government sources. The fees went into effect on July 1, the same day as the Harmonized Sales Tax, without the knowledge of most Ontarians. They were attacked by politicians of all stripes, along with retailers, including Canadian Tire, which announced on Monday it was refusing to collect the fee.
A spokesperson for Mr. Gerretsen declined to comment on Monday night, but confirmed the Minister would make an announcement at Queen’s Park on Tuesday at 11 a.m.
Whether the decision was made because of consumers and retailers rising up, or the threat of an ombudsman investigation, the end result is the same, a cynical green tax is killed off. In Ontario!
Next.. the HST?