Open Letter: Petition signatories urge McGuinty to protect environment, amend Bill 55

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Dear Premier McGuinty,

Today is World Environment Day. To honour the occasion, I hope you will reconsider your government’s actions to undermine our environmental protections.  

The omnibus budget bill (Bill 55) proposes changes to 69 acts, including eight environmentally significant laws affecting the Ministry of Natural Resources.

It is wrong to bury significant changes to environmental protections in a 327-page budget bill.  The public has a right to comment on legislation that protects our communities and our natural heritage.

Many people share my concern. In less than 24 hours, over 1,000 people signed our petition calling on your government to remove all references to amendments to Acts administered under the Environmental Bill of Rights from Bill 55.

I’ve attached the petition and the first 1,295 signatures with this letter.

I don’t think you want to share a legacy with the Harper Conservatives of hiding changes to environmental legislation in a budget bill.

Do the right thing — amend Bill 55 by removing all references to amendments to Acts administered under the Environmental Bill of Rights.

Sincerely,

Mike Schreiner
Leader