Ontario government to invoke closure on cap-and-trade bill after PC filibuster

By Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press.

TORONTO -- Environment Minister Glen Murray warns Ontario industries could be hurt by the Progressive Conservatives' efforts to delay legislation that would create a cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The government decided to invoke closure to wrap up committee hearings by May 2 on the bill designed to combat climate change, "the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced," said Murray.

The Tories asked for 20-minute breaks twice an hour and used other tactics to slow the committee's work to a crawl, but the government needs the bill passed this spring so it can start selling carbon credits to companies in January.