Reducing Toxic Emissions, Building a Stronger Economy

    Canada's First-Ever Toxic Emissions Reduction Law Would Help Create
    Cleaner, Greener Economy

    BELLEVILLE, ON, Sept. 24 /CNW/ - Only Ontario Liberals will bring in a
new law that will require companies to reduce their toxic emissions over time
as part of the party's plan to build a greener, more prosperous Ontario, says
Premier Dalton McGuinty.
    "This is great news for our environment - and our economy," McGuinty said
after touring InterfaceFLOR Canada, a floor covering manufacturer that was one
of the first to eliminate toxic chemicals from its production.
    "It's great for the environment because we must reduce toxins to protect
our health. And it's great for the economy because the jobs of the future will
belong to the places that are the first to develop clean and green
technologies and products," he said.
    "A green movement is sweeping the planet and, working together, we can
ensure it moves our province forward - and helps us lead the world."
    Ontario would become the first Canadian province to pass a law requiring
companies to reduce toxic emissions. The province would help companies with
funding and technical assistance.
    InterfaceFLOR Canada has saved more than $14 million through steps such
as eliminating toxic chemicals involved in dye production. Several other
Ontario companies are also investing in reducing toxic emissions including
Novopharm, Husky Injection Molding and Steelcase.
    "These are companies which are leading the way to a clean and green
future full of jobs and opportunity," said Leona Dombrowsky, the party's
candidate in Prince Edward-Hastings. "Dalton McGuinty is the only leader in
this election that recognizes that the best way to have a strong economy is to
have a green economy, and Ontario Liberals are the only party offering this
policy in this election."
    McGuinty's pledge to reduce toxic emissions capped a day in which he
emphasized positive action to address families' health concerns.
    It started in Walkerton, where he met with residents to report that all
121 recommendations of Justice O'Connor's report on the water tragedy in May
2000 have been implemented.
    In Stratford, he addressed the concerns of local physicians and mothers
by telling them that Ontario Liberals will introduce a province-wide ban on
the cosmetic use of pesticides and herbicides in cities and towns.
    "We want good health and good jobs for our families," McGuinty said. "And
we understand that, in the 21st century, the two must go together."

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