Jim Signs Petition to “Ground the Flight Tax”
(November 10th, 2014) Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson has joined the campaign to "Ground the Flight Tax" in an effort to stop the Wynne Government from going ahead with a 148 percent tax increase on aviation fuel. The new tax will be added onto every flight fare, costing Ontario families an extra $50 to $200 to travel out of Ontario.
"I've signed the petition to do everything I can to stop this new tax on airfares from going ahead," said Wilson. "My colleagues and I are calling on the Government to ground the tax pending meaningful consultation and a full study of the adverse economic impacts."
The World Economic Forum ranks Canada 136th out of 140 countries for airline ticket taxes and airport charges. The National Airlines Council of Canada's economic assessment shows three million Ontario travellers already cross the border to fly from an airport in the United States because of less fees and taxes. Wilson is concerned the Liberals' tax hike will encourage more people to cross the border or to not fly at all.
"At a time when most provinces have no fuel tax, including British Columbia, New Brunswick, Alberta, Quebec and Saskatchewan, this increase would make Ontario's fuel tax rate one of the highest in North America." said Wilson. "This tax is just one more way for the Liberals' to dip into Ontarians' pockets to pay for their years of fiscal mismanagement."
Wilson believes the new tax will kill jobs and hurt Ontario's economy. Dr. Fred Lazar of the Schulich School of Business agrees. Lazar estimates that the aviation fuel tax could result in a decrease of up to $97 million in GDP for the province and a loss of up to 3,000 jobs.
Ontarians can find out more about the "Ground the Flight Tax" campaign at www.groundtheflighttax.com . Wilson encourages everyone to support the campaign and speak out about the issue by signing the petition and writing to Premier Wynne directly.