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An Open Letter to Premier Wynne Regarding the Ontario Tire Stewardship

Premier  Kathleen Wynne
Room 281, Main Legislative Building
Queen’s Park
Toronto, Ontario M7A1A1

Dear Premier Wynne:

Almost one month has passed since your government allowed the Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) to impose up to a 2,200% fee increase on tires categorised as ‘Off-The-Road’ that are sold in Ontario.

Not surprisingly, residents in my riding of Sarnia-Lambton are extremely concerned that the Ontario Tire Stewardship has been allowed to levy such an excessive fee increase without first conducting proper consultations with the stakeholders who will be most affected by this decision.

Farmers in my community have indicated that they will ultimately have to pass the extra cost of these fees on to consumers through higher prices for the feedstocks, produce, and livestock that are sold in Ontario.

Further, small businesses that supply agricultural equipment and maintenance are concerned that this decision will negatively impact business at their shops, hurting sales and threatening jobs as a result.

As Premier and Minister of Agriculture, you should be alarmed that the OTS has taken such liberty with its fee structure that Ontario’s partners in the agricultural industry have voiced near unanimous opposition to this alarming rate increase.

Premier, one month has already passed and been marked by your inaction. When will you listen to the outcry from the agricultural industry, suspend the decision to significantly increase the Ontario Tire Stewardship fees for Agricultural and Off-the-Road tires, and direct the OTS to conduct a proper and thorough consultation process?

As this decision by the OTS will negatively impact thousands of small business and jobs in Ontario, I look forward to your timely reply.

Sincerely,

Bob Bailey, MPP
Sarnia-Lambton