ClearBlue's Managing Director, Michael Berends will be speaking at the Transport Futures Gas Tax Forum on July 25th in Toronto.
The forum will discuss the PC government's transportation policy announcements made throughout their campaign. One was a promise to cut the provincial gasoline tax by 10 cents: 5.7 cents from the current 14.7 cent excise tax and 4.3 cents from cancelling Ontario’s participation in the Cap-and-Trade Program with Quebec and California.
A tax on gasoline is an essential mobility pricing measure used in jurisdictions around the world. Politicians, academics and analysts from the fuel, automotive and construction sectors will discuss the pros and cons of cutting the gas tax in terms of:
economics (oil supply/demand, gasoline price setting, business/household expenses, geopolitics);
provincial fiscal policy and infrastructure funding (roads, transit, active transportation);
transportation demand management (driver behaviour, modal choice);
environmental, legal and intergovernmental implications (emissions, cap-and-trade, carbon taxes).
Berends will be providing the Cap & Trade perspective and what eliminating the program would mean for Ontario.
See the full list of speakers here