“Read my lips: no new taxes”. The Ontario Court of appeal did not expressly channel G.W. Bush, but the Court did say that the charges under the federal government Greenhouse Gas Act are regulatory. The charges are not taxes. The court did find that the Act fell within the federal government’s jurisdiction.
Even Ontario agreed that climate change is real, is caused by human activities producing GHG emissions, is having serious effects, particularly in the north, and requires proactive measures to address it. Just not now it seems.
The Act intends to be revenue neutral, so critically analyze anyone (ie politicians) pointing towards increased gas prices as a result of the Act.
Channeling Mark Twain however, the time has come to stop talking about the changing weather and actually doing something about it.