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Ford and Horwath promise natural gas expansion

Ontario premier Doug Ford and leader of the opposition Andrea Horwath took a break from sparring in legislature for the International Plowing Match — where they promised the expansion of natural gas to rural Ontario communities.

“This new program led by the private sector would provide natural gas to as many as 78 communities, 33,000 new households across all of rural and northern Ontario,” said Ford.

He then said the natural gas bills will be kept low through savings from cutting cap-and-trade and the carbon tax.

The Government of Ontario says in a news release that families will save about $80 a year and small businesses $285 a year from removal of the carbon tax.

Horwath who took the stage later was in agreement with Ford about natural gas expansion, saying they will make sure the promise is kept.

They were also in agreement about increasing the risk management program cap.

“Life in rural ontario has never been easy,” said Horwath, who mentioned her commitment to make sure rural hospitals and schools are running well and that highways are well-maintained and safe.

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