Take that Hippies: Eco Fee Axed! – Or is It? UPDATED

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
Toronto ON
M7A 2T5

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.

Original Post:

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?

Previous posts:

Eco Fees in Ontario

Eco-Fees 2: Stewardship Ontario

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16 thoughts on “Take that Hippies: Eco Fee Axed! – Or is It? UPDATED”

  1. Nice work. Congratulations. I was going to send you the link from Climate Change Fraud, but as usual, you’re way ahead of me. Woo Hoo!!!

  2. Nice work. Congratulations. I was going to send you the link from Climate Change Fraud, but as usual, you’re way ahead of me. Woo Hoo!!!

  3. Now I know where I’m shopping for my oils, lubes and stuff.(Get you mind out of the gutter. i was talking about Canadian tire)

    Great news and and another blow to the hippie tax agenda.

    1. Indeed, Canadian Tire’s stand against the eco-fee was good, their overcharging on the fees not so great, but at least they were honest about it.

      As for what you do with oils and lubes, unless you’re trying out for the weekly hottie spot, I don’t want to know. Scratch that, I still don’t want to know.

  4. Now I know where I’m shopping for my oils, lubes and stuff.(Get you mind out of the gutter. i was talking about Canadian tire)

    Great news and and another blow to the hippie tax agenda.

    1. Indeed, Canadian Tire’s stand against the eco-fee was good, their overcharging on the fees not so great, but at least they were honest about it.

      As for what you do with oils and lubes, unless you’re trying out for the weekly hottie spot, I don’t want to know. Scratch that, I still don’t want to know.

  5. If only the eco-fees were truly axed. They have been “frozen” for 90 days while a 3 million dollar investigation is completed. (ON taxpayers will pay for the investigation). Stewardship Ontario is not going away, they’ll just go deeper underground.

  6. If only the eco-fees were truly axed. They have been “frozen” for 90 days while a 3 million dollar investigation is completed. (ON taxpayers will pay for the investigation). Stewardship Ontario is not going away, they’ll just go deeper underground.

  7. Oh….so it’s only frozen. Mcguinty’s only trying to find a way to use the green scam to stuff his own pockets, and then Taxpayers are kicked to the curb and cries of anger are just ignored until it dies.

    It doesn’t help that stewardship Ontario is treating the taxpayers like they’re stupid, and be pulling a Dion and say it’s a “communication problem”.

    But, if the ontario government sides with stewardship Ontario, then there would just have to be a civil disobedience and throw every item that is taxed right on the doorstep of stewardship Ontario’s offices. Guess what, you want to tax us for living, then you can be a true steward, and dispose of the stuff you taxed yourself.

    that’s what’s gotta happen.

  8. Oh….so it’s only frozen. Mcguinty’s only trying to find a way to use the green scam to stuff his own pockets, and then Taxpayers are kicked to the curb and cries of anger are just ignored until it dies.

    It doesn’t help that stewardship Ontario is treating the taxpayers like they’re stupid, and be pulling a Dion and say it’s a “communication problem”.

    But, if the ontario government sides with stewardship Ontario, then there would just have to be a civil disobedience and throw every item that is taxed right on the doorstep of stewardship Ontario’s offices. Guess what, you want to tax us for living, then you can be a true steward, and dispose of the stuff you taxed yourself.

    that’s what’s gotta happen.

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