Apr 04, 2022
By Jane Brown
It would be a fulfilled promise first made by Doug Ford back in 2018.
Monday, Ontario’s premier is expected to follow through on that four year old commitment and announce he plans to cut gas taxes by an additional 5.7-cents a litre and fuel tax by 5.3-cents a litre, but not until July 1st, and only temporarily for six months.
Dan McTeague is president of Canadians for Affordable Energy and says better late than never.
“It was a campaign promise that remained unfulfilled after they scrapped the cap and trade tax back in 2018,” McTeague explained, “Back then, that tax was 4.3-cents a litre. Of course, if you follow it, it’s closer to 9-cents these days, but nevertheless, they were still short about 5.7-cents a litre. So this is also like an attempt, if they are re-elected to fulfill that promise.”
Last year, Premier Ford said he would honour his pledge to cut the gas tax by 5.7-cents a litre before the next budget, which at the time was set to be unveiled on March 31st of this year. The governing PCs later moved the budget date to April 30th, days before the start of their re-election campaign.
The premier and his energy minister have been pushing for the Trudeau Liberals to make the same commitment and cut the price of gas as well.