Patrick Brown claimed: “I want to make sure we meet our environmental obligations while at the same time protect jobs”
Fact: If Patrick Brown truly believed this he wouldn’t be moving forward with his carbon tax scheme. His scheme would cost families and businesses four times more without guaranteeing any reductions. He would also scrap the investments we are making to help businesses reduce costs, including up to $115 million over four years for agricultural businesses like greenhouses.
Patrick Brown claimed: “Ontario cannot be the worst place to do business”
Fact: Experts agree it’s one of the best. Site Selection—a magazine of corporate expansion and economic development – found that Ontario is the most competitive province in Canada. They gave their Canadian Competitiveness Award to the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth.
Fact: Over 700,000 jobs have been created in Ontario since the recession and Ontario’s unemployment rate has been below the national average for the last 27 months.
(Source: Stats Canada)
Patrick Brown claimed: “it is a clear message to the greenhouses that their business case doesn’t work in Ontario”
Fact: The greenhouse industry is actually expanding here in Ontario. Just this March, Greenhill Produce announced a new $100-million development in Lambton County that will create up to 300 new jobs. NatureFresh Farms is also building a $400-million distribution centre in Leamington. Both new investments build on the nearly 3,000 acres and 81,000 jobs already here. The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers also expect the industry to keep growing here in Ontario by about 150 acres a year.
Patrick Brown claimed: “first of all cap and trade can’t simply be a revenue tool for government”
Fact: It’s not. Putting a cap on the pollution businesses can release into the atmosphere guarantees emission reductions at the cheapest price possible for people and the economy. It’s the best approach forward for Ontario. Every dollar generated will be deposited in a dedicated account and reinvested into green projects like transit, electric vehicle incentives and housing retrofits that fight climate change. This means every dollar goes back into helping families and businesses successfully make the transition to a low-carbon economy.