Greenpeace Canada activists were able to unfurl a giant banner from the roof of Parliament in Ottawa in March 2014 demanding action on climate change. They are now going after Doug Ford's government in Ontario to prevent the cancellation of the province's cap-and-trade program. (Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press)
Greenpeace sues Ontario to maintain cap-and-trade rules
Greenpeace Canada is going to court to try to stop an Ontario government plan to scrap the province’s cap-and-trade system.
Premier Doug Ford announced plans in July to end the system that forces large companies to buy allowances for carbon emissions.
“We are getting Ontario out of the carbon tax business,” Ford said at the time.
A hearing has been tentatively set for Sept. 21 in a Greenpeace Canada lawsuit against the Ontario government over its cancellation of the provincial cap-and-trade program. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press)
The promise to scrap cap-and-trade helped Ford and his Progressive-Conservative party win a majority in the Ontario legislature in June.
Tuesday’s Greenpeace legal challenge alleges that Ford failed to consult the public on a regulation to end the program.
Greenpeace says the province’s Environmental Bill of Rights allows Ontario residents up to 30 days to consult on significant environmental legislation and regulation.
A expedited hearing is tentatively set for Sept. 21.
With files, from CBC, CP, CTV