Strengthening Protection For Our Environment

Ontario Liberal Plan Introduces Next Chapter To Keep Our Water Clean

TORONTO, Sept. 17, 2011 /CNW/ - Only Ontario Liberals will protect our air, land and water, Children and Youth Services Minister and Minister Responsible for Women's Issues Laurel Broten announced today.

"Ontario families care deeply about the safety of the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we grow," Broten said.  "Today we're taking the next step in our Ontario Liberal Plan to safeguard our environment for our children and our grandchildren."

Ontario Liberals will defend Ontario's precious water resources for future generations with a Great Lakes Protection Act that will be the next chapter in clean water for Ontario. It will also ensure that Ontario keeps its edge as a world leader in clean-water protection.

It's a $52 million program that will help:

  • Clean up the pollution hot spots identified by scientists, targeting Nipigon Bay, and Peninsula Harbour on Lake Superior, Detroit River, Niagara River, and the Bay of Quinte on Lake Ontario as the next priorities.
  • Better prevent pollution and runoff such as phosphorous from getting into the Great Lakes by working more closely with our regional partners.
  • Reconnect Ontarians with the Great Lakes in their communities, by promoting recreational opportunities, improving beaches and supporting community programs.

"Ontario Liberals have been one of the most environmentally progressive and successful governments in North America," Broten said.  "We're proud today to continue building on our strong record of environmental protection."

Since 2003, Ontario Liberals have reduced coal-fired electricity by more than 90 per cent — the equivalent of taking 7 million cars off the road.  We have reduced pesticides in our waterways by 80 per cent and permanently protected a combined area of greenspace the size of Great Britain.  We are also North American leaders for drinking water standards, endangered species legislation and pollution laws.

Under the last PC government, water inspectors were fired and Ontario earned a reputation as one of the worst places in North America for environmental protection.  The Hudak PCs would take us backwards — their $14 billion hole would mean deep cuts to environmental protection.  The Horwath NDP has turned its back on the environment — their priority would be to subsidize gas-guzzlers and they have consistently failed to support our progressive environmental initiatives like the Endangered Species Act, the Far North Act and the cosmetic pesticides ban.

"Protecting our environment is a responsibility we bear towards the next generation," Broten said.  "We — and our children and grandchildren — need the strong, steady environmental stewardship that only Dalton McGuinty can provide as we protect our environment by moving forward, together."

SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party

For further information:

Ontario Liberal Party Media Office:
416 961-3800 ext. 328

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