Green-energy levy could be unconstitutional: C.D. Howe



A new think-tank analysis suggests Ontario’s green-energy levy may not be constitutional.

The C.D. Howe Institute says that’s because the levy — enacted by regulation — could be considered an indirect tax rather than a fee.

If that’s the case, the government would have to give back the money it collected but could then pass legislation to impose the tax.

However, Ontario’s Taxpayer Protection Act requires a provincial referendum before new taxes are imposed.

Ontario recently changed regulations to allow the Ontario Energy Board to collect $53.7 million from electricity distributors to fund green-energy programs.

Last month, Premier Dalton McGuinty insisted it’s not a tax, saying the new green fee would cost consumers about 33 cents a month.

3 thoughts on “Green-energy levy could be unconstitutional: C.D. Howe

  1. “Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.”

  2. McGuinty is “bordering” on the insane!

    When actions such as we’ve seen this week by McGuinty are “digested” by the overworked and “sleepless” populace there surely must be a huge backlash against these fools and their “invasion of privacy” into our schools and bathrooms!……..not to mention our bank accounts!

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