Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader, Tim Hudak, announced yesterday that when the Conservatives win next year's Ontario Provincial Election, like Dalton McGuinty and his Ontario Liberal Party's future, McGuinty's Eco Fees will be tossed in the trash.
Here's the story from the Toronto Star:
Hudak vows to scrap TV, electronics fees
Extra fees of up to $30 and more to pay for the safe disposal of televisions, printers and other electronics would be scrapped if the Progressive Conservatives win next October’s election, Tim Hudak says.Finally, Leadership that actually makes sense. It's been a long time coming in both the Ontario and Toronto Governments... But now with Rob Ford in as the new Mayor of Toronto, and Dalton McGuinty soon to be exterminated from the Ontario Legislature, things are finally looking up for the Taxpayer.
Taking aim at complaints from shoppers during the Christmas season about the fees, the Progressive Conservative leader said the fees are becoming a “tipping point” for people on tight incomes after the recession.
“Dalton McGuinty is so out of touch he sees it as just a few bucks here and there,” Hudak told reporters Friday.
He called on the premier to axe the fees, which include $26.25 when buying a new big-screen TV, $32.50 on a multi-function printer, $12.25 on monitors, $2.75 on portable computers and $1 on telephones, to name a few. Retailers charge the HST on top of that.
“If Dalton McGuinty won’t do it, a PC government will. Voters willing, this will be the last Christmas that families get hit by Dalton McGuinty’s electronics eco tax grab.”
A spokesman for Environment Minister John Wilkinson said it makes no sense to axe the fees, saying such a move would “put public health at risk” by having more electronics go into garbage dumps and leach toxins.
But Hudak said the program took $44 million from consumers last year and resulted in the recycling of just two per cent of its target.
“A lot of this stuff is going into landfills anyway. This is nothing but a greedy tax that does nothing for recycling or the environment,” said Hudak.
Good for you Tim Hudak! And UP YOURS Dalton McGuinty!!! You have exactly 291 days left in office... Come the next Ontario Provincial Election on Thursday October 6th, 2011, we will finally be rid of you!
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