McGuinty promises voters 'best of both worlds'

Reducing emissions for a safer environment doesn't preclude a stronger economy, the Liberal Leader says

From Tuesday's Globe and Mail

STRATFORD Ontario will require companies to reduce their toxic emissions if the Liberals are re-elected, Leader Dalton McGuinty says.

Shifting his focus in the second half of the election campaign from public education to the environment yesterday, Mr. McGuinty said the province will follow the lead of Massachusetts, which has been able to cut emissions by half over the past decade.

A Liberal government would enact a new law requiring industry to reduce its emissions over time. The approach would be similar to how the waiting-times strategy came into place: consultations with experts, industry and the public before setting provincewide targets.

"We're going to want to move on this as aggressively as we can, but in a thoughtful and responsible way," Mr. McGuinty told reporters at a campaign stop in Stratford.

Mr. McGuinty acknowledged Ontario businesses will have to assume additional responsibility if his legislation on toxins passes. But there should not be a choice between a healthy environment and a robust economy, he said.

"Our determination on behalf of progressive, ambitious, health-conscious Ontarians is to ensure that they have the best of both worlds, which is a strong economy and a safe and clean environment," he said.

The Liberals' environmental plan also includes a provincewide ban on the cosmetic use of pesticides on lawns, gardens and parks, which can pose a health risk. Golf courses and farms would be exempt.

Critics say Mr. McGuinty has already had four years to implement a ban on pesticides and wonder why he's only acting now.

There are now more than 125 municipalities that have adopted or drafted some form of anti-pesticide bylaw. The province of Quebec has also banned pesticides.

The College of Family Physicians of Ontario released a report in 2005 saying that various pesticides had adverse health effects. The pesticide industry argues that the chemicals are safe when used as directed.

Yesterday, Mr. McGuinty made three campaign stops across the province to discuss some of his environmental pledges and boast about his party's record.

His visit early in the day to Walkerton, a town that seven years ago was hit by a tainted-water tragedy, was the second in four years. He was there last time under similar circumstances - to woo voters in the hopes of being elected premier.

Mr. McGuinty said his government has made great strides to protect the province's drinking water supply. The Liberals have implemented all 121 recommendations of an inquiry led by Justice Dennis O'Connor, who was appointed by the former Progressive Conservative government, he said.

The Liberals have hired 33 new water inspectors and provided more than $2-billion to upgrade municipal water infrastructure. They have also established a centre that has trained more than 5,000 people in best practices when it comes to clean water, Mr. McGuinty said.

"Justice O'Connor gave us a thoughtful and detailed road map and we implemented every one of 121 recommendations," he said.

Meanwhile, at the Walkerton stop, Mr. McGuinty was asked about the sale of beer and wine in the province's corner stores.

His main rival, Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory, has floated the idea of selling alcohol in convenience stores to boost the profile of homegrown alcohol.

Mr. McGuinty dismissed the idea, reiterating his previous stand that the province already has an efficient system in place to sell liquor.


Our commentary in the Globe and Mail

September 25, 2007

  1. You (Ottawa Mens, from Ottawa -Home of corrupt family court judges., Canada) wrote: McGuinty fails to understand Children need both parents. McGuinty fails to comprehend that Canada's largest economic problem is our negative birthrate of 1.53 and when a birth rate of 2.1 is required just to sustain our population it is only a matter of a decade or so before the costs of looking after an increasingly older population will be borne by fewer and fewer younger people who will be burdened with those increasing costs. If you worry about medical treatment now just how is society going to deal with the very large increase in medical costs when you have such an increasingly older population? The solution is a L E G A L - - P R E S U M P T I O N - O F - E Q U A L - P A R E N T I N G - A F T E R - D I V O R C E. That's right now, men are regarded as second class human beings, just look at elementary school teachers, men are now afraid to be teachers due to the unofficial policy of Male Gender Apartheid. You would think that McGuinty being a male would have some concerns about Canada's children but I have yet to hear a single comment from McGuinty about equal parenting. In fact McGuinty is taking the politically correct feminist approach of not talking about Equal Parenting after divorce. The fact is, men are afraid of having children because children have no rights to equal parenting after divorce. McGuinty talks about IVF, fertility treatment, no doubt thats aimed at the two mother's lobby group. What are we going to hear next from McGuinty, how he is going to fund research so two men can get pregnant and give birth? Fact is, it takes a man and a women to create a child and to produce children, government needs to encourage marriage between a man and a women , and give children a legal presumption to equal parenting after divorce. Right now, lawyers yes, like McGuinty, earn billions of dollars from litigation that would not be a burden on society if Canada had a legal presumption of equal parenting after divorce. 613-797-3237