Cigarettes more costly thanks to Liberal budget
Tax increase gets 'ministerial approval' though budget not debated
The price of cigarettes has jumped in Ontario thanks to a tax increase from the recent Liberal budget.
Even though the budget did not pass and was not debated, the tax on cigarettes was approved on Friday through what the Ministry of Finance calls "ministerial regulation."
The budget increased taxes by more than 13 per cent on cigarettes, to $27.95 per carton. The tax increase went through automatically.
There were other tax hikes in the budget, such as aviation fuel, but those require debate and approval by the legislature.
The budget was not tabled after the NDP indicated it would not support it. Premier Kathleen Wynne pre-empted a vote on the budget by requesting the Lieutenant Governor dissolve the government, thus forcing an election.