Ontario’s new environment commissioner, Dianne Saxe, has some new ideas for the province, and you may not like them.
She told the National Post in an interview that she wants to work on larger social issues during her time in office. She also wants to go after things like coloured diesel.
Saxe wants to put an end to diesel fuel subsidies. Industrial or farmers’ diesel is sold minus the 14 cent road tax and dyed red. It’s intended for business and farm use only, not for personal vehicles. She says that subsidized diesel takes $190 million a year from the budget that could be spent on low income individuals.
Road tolls could encourage more efficient driving. It’s a “tool” that Ontario has been reluctant to use, but could help to reduce traffic.
Land-use Planning and Development. Saxe points out that development is big factor behind greenhouse gas emissions, and even likened it to Alberta’s oilsands. But she also acknowledges that land development is worth billions of dollars to the government’s coffers.