Tories say cap-and-trade repeal, ending York strike top priorities

The Ontario government says it will move to repeal cap and trade, end the York University strike and cancel a controversial wind project when the legislature resumes this week.

Progressive Conservative House Leader Todd Smith says the government will act quickly on all three items because of they are time-sensitive and cannot wait until the fall, when the house normally returns.

Smith says government legislation to scrap the cap-and-trade system will tabled and will also prevent a future government from imposing a carbon price in Ontario.

"We will strike the Liberal cap-and-trade tax law from the books, and repeal any legislation that would enable a future government to impose a cap-and-trade carbon tax in the future," Mr Smith said.

The strike at York University has been underway since March and during the election the Tories said they would use back-to-work legislation to end the labour dispute.

Smith says the Tories will also cancel the White Pines Wind Project in Eastern Ontario which received notice to proceed during the election period.

"The legislation will be introduced following the election of the speaker, and obviously the throne speech on Thursday, so we are going to address these key issues when the legislature comes back.

"We are going to live up to all the promises we made during the campaign," Mr Smith said.

But the priorities outlined by the new PC government are already being criticized by the new opposition, particularly the decision to scrap cap-and-trade.

"It's a signal not only that he doesn't care about climate change, but he doesn't care about investing in Ontario, dealing with our energy needs," NDP MPP Peter Tabuns said.

This will be the first sitting of the new government led by Doug Ford, whose Tories won a large majority of seats in the spring election.

With files from Jacob Brown