Ontario Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne says that most people in her province “won’t feel” a Tory promise to lower gas prices 10 cents per litre because of fluctuating global circumstances.
Wynne made the remark in Ottawa Thursday when asked about the promise PC Leader Doug Ford made this week to drivers that he says are “gouged” at the pumps.
Ford pledged to cut the provincial gas tax, currently 14.7 cents per litre for gasoline and 14.3 cents for diesel, to nine cents. An additional 4.3 cents per litre would be removed, Tories say, by scrapping the province’s cap-and-trade program.
While taking both steps would remove billions in dollars from the province’s coffers each year, Ford did not explain how he would recoup the lost revenue. He has not yet released a costed platform.
On Thursday, Wynne warned that cutting the provincial gas tax will mean that work on much-needed transit projects will grind to a halt.
“There’s a direct connection between the ability to invest in transit and transportation and the gas tax,” Wynne said. “That’s a reality. That’s where that money goes.
“I know (Ford’s) saying that he’ll take 10 cents out. We know that most people won’t feel that. Won’t feel that.”
Ontario municipalities currently receive two cents per litre from the gas tax to be spent on transit, with that number expected to rise to four cents by 2021. Tories also promise to honour those commitments.
Wynne discusses the issue with reporters around the 10:45 mark in the video below:
Four years ago, the people of Ontario elected me to build Ontario up. Today, I’m celebrating the Ottawa LRT, just one of dozens of projects ready to roll out across the province
Posted by Kathleen Wynne on Thursday, 17 May 2018
PCs have wasted no time clipping Wynne’s remark for a short, social video claiming she “backs higher gas prices.
VIDEO: Kathleen Wynne defends high gas prices.
Both Kathleen Wynne and the NDP want higher gas prices #onpoli#ONelxnpic.twitter.com/SfRDhpN58C
— Ontario PC Party (@OntarioPCParty) May 17, 2018
The video omits the Liberal leader explaining the link between the gas tax and transit.
“The reality is that the prices fluctuate, the prices vacillate wildly. What he’s doing is putting at risk transit projects that people need everyday in their lives that are long overdue,” she said
When pressed by a reporter if she thought drivers wouldn’t feel a difference between $1.27 per litre versus $1.37, Wynne …
Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada Travel