Thursday, July 15, 2010

McGuinty’s Secret & Contemptible Eco-Fees

By Randy Hillier

(PERTH) Randy Hillier, MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington today denounced the McGuinty Government’s underhanded introduction of eco-fees through Stewardship Ontario, another arms-length government agency.

“Obviously, Dalton McGuinty is attempting to hide his tax and spend ways with the introduction of yet another new tax despite his signed promise never to raise taxes,” said Hillier.

The new eco-fees, introduced on the same day as the HST, are charged on a range of items. While they are ostensibly to pay for recycling, there is no indication that this is where the fees are actually being spent. Moreover, the fees were put into place with no prior announcement, notification to MPPs or the public causing mass confusion at retailers who had not been instructed on how to implement the secretive measure. Reports have begun pouring in from across the province of confused retailers & manufacturers over-charging customers due to a lack of understanding of the fees.

“This is what happens when a government tries to pass the buck. Taxation is a responsibility of the provincial government. It’s not something Dalton McGuinty can just ‘give away’,” said Hillier. “It’s become clear that McGuinty is creating a parallel government hidden from our view, that is unelected, unaccountable and with the power to tax without representation.”

The PC Party, under the leadership of Tim Hudak, has pledged to repeal the harmful new eco-fees once elected, and has called on the auditor general to immediately conduct an audit of Stewardship Ontario.

“Upon our return to the legislature, I’ll be ensuring that Dalton McGuinty’s shameful behaviour towards the taxpayers of Ontario and the democratically elected legislature is held to be just that – in contempt,” said Hillier.


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