As the year begins to wind to a close its been a slow albeit impactful week in Canadian news. This week: The chamber of commerce comes out in support of carbon taxes, the Ontario government is cutting tons of student funding, and an electoral reform bill C-76 and what it means for future elections.
Canada Chamber Of Commerce Backs Carbon Pricing
In a move that shouldn’t have shocked anyone really the Canadian Chamber of Commerce has come out in support of carbon pricing, taxes, and cap-and-trade systems. Further, still they’ve submitted a report on how they would like this to be implemented, and they have requested that the government stop waffling on the matter. The Chamber has also shown concern that carbon pricing plans have been and would continue to be used as political bargaining chips. The lack of shock is because of the impact this will have on impending new and unprepared businesses from entering the market. Personally, if these companies wanted carbon restricted that badly they should simply police themselves.
More Cuts From Ontario
Continuing his hack and slash through government spending programs, the Doug Ford government announced they are cutting an additional $25 million from the education sector. The cuts are coming from the “Educational Programs – Other” portion of the budget according to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Education. This set of funding has historically been used towards tutor programs, and other at-risk youth, especially with sensitivity to racialized students such as indigenous students. According to an email sent by the Ministry, the cuts have come because “despite only accounting for less than one percent of school board funding, this fund has a long track record of wasteful spending, overspending and millions of dollars of unfunded commitments.”
Electoral Reform Passes
After nearly a year in waiting bill C-76 has passed royal assent and has become law. The bill in question is an electoral reform bill albeit not in the form we were promised. Previously Prime Minister Trudeau had told us he wished to transform the electoral process into more direct representation rather than our “first past the post” system. This version specifically restricts the amount that third parties can spend on election-related party advertisements, as well as enforces that any election-related spending needs to originate from a Canadian banking institute. You can read the full bill here.
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