Tory calls for leadership by example from Ontario government on climate change



    Announces goal and first part of PC plan for environment

    TORONTO, April 16 /CNW/ - Progressive Conservative Party Leader John Tory
today set a target for reducing greenhouse gasses in Ontario and laid out a
plan detailing how government can show leadership to play its part in helping
to meet that goal.
    "We have to make some real changes in the way we live and work to reduce
greenhouse gas," said Tory. "To do this, we have to set a target. We need to
settle on a plan to get there. And we have to commit to deliver on it."
    Tory made the comments in a speech to the Ontario Environment Industry
Association. Ontario currently has no target for greenhouse gas emissions.
Tory today said his government will set a target of reducing emissions by 10
percent by 2020, the same target as B.C. He also set a long-term goal of a 60
percent reduction in emissions to 72 megatonnes by 2050.
    Tory detailed the first part of a plan on how a PC government will reduce
Ontario's greenhouse gas emissions and announced his government will create a
provincial environmental scorecard to measure progress. Dalton McGuinty's
government has had almost four years in government but has done next to
nothing to reduce greenhouse gasses. Tory believes in leadership by example
and his government would move immediately to:

    
    -   Eliminate higher-emission government vehicles faster than currently
        planned, replacing them with new higher-standard models;
    -   Purchase more green power for government use;
    -   Ensure all new government buildings are at least 30 percent more
        energy efficient than they are today;
    -   Adopt higher energy-efficient standards for all government
        appliances - from computers to light bulbs; and,
    -   Change government labour policies to reduce energy use during peak
        periods.
    

    "Ontarians do their best work when confronted with the biggest
challenges. They also do their best work when they have competent, accountable
leadership with real plans and a real desire to be measured on real results.
That's the only kind of leadership I know and I truly believe that's what
Ontario needs right now on this and other issues," said Tory.
    He added: "Together, we can deliver a cleaner, greener Ontario. We can
take meaningful steps to confront climate change today. Our children and
grandchildren will thank us."

    For additional background information please go to www.ontariopc.com




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