Tory will restore funding to Ontario's Fish and Wildlife Program

    A Progressive Conservative Government will restore pride in Ontario's
    Natural Resources Programs

    PETERBOROUGH, ON, Aug. 2 /CNW/ - Progressive Conservative Leader John
Tory said today that a PC Government will reverse years of McGuinty Liberal
neglect and restore necessary funds to the Ministry of Natural Resources Fish
and Wildlife Program.
    Tory made the comments today at the Ontario Federation of Anglers and
Hunters (OFAH) in Peterborough, Ontario, following a meeting with OFAH staff.
    "Ontario's fish and wildlife resources are essential to our economy, our
environment and our way of life in this province," Tory said. "Dalton McGuinty
has spent years neglecting this sector, and it's time we had a Premier who
will fix the damage this Government has created."
    The economic contribution of the sector is estimated at $2.5 billion
annually in Ontario and $6.2 billion nationally.
    Despite promising in 2003 to "give the MNR the resources it needs to once
again properly manage Ontario's fish and wildlife," Dalton McGuinty has broken
his promise and consistently under funded the Ministry for years, leaving our
fish and wildlife program in a state of crisis.
    While the McGuinty Government continues to collect taxes and fees from
hunters and anglers, the Fish and Wildlife Program is experiencing a funding
shortfall of $35 million.
    A John Tory PC Government will provide the resources necessary to protect
and enhance our natural resources and restore pride to the ministry that
manages them by:

        -  Matching the contributions of anglers and hunters with an
           additional investment of $35 million annually starting in the
           second term;
        -  Investing in and building on the successes of the Community Fish
           and Wildlife Involvement Program (CFWIP); and
        -  Hiring more conservation officers and giving them the tools they
           need to do their jobs.

    In addition, a John Tory PC Government will:

        -  Dramatically increase fines for the worst offenders against our
           natural resources;
        -  Foster respect among Ontario's youth for our natural resources and
           our environment by modernizing the MNR's youth programming; and
        -  Create a provincial Outdoors Caucus to give the outdoors community
           a stronger voice.

    "Our natural resources are a significant part of our heritage as
Ontarians," Tory said. "We have a responsibility as a government to work with
stakeholders and with the public to provide steadfast support to those who
protect and sustain our natural resources."
    For stable, reliable funding for our natural resources programs,
leadership matters.
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For further information: Michelle Pennell, (416) 325-9109

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