Public Good Must Trump Status Quo at Queen’s Park

(Queen’s Park): Green Party of Ontario leader Mike Schreiner is calling on the Liberal government to cancel the Darlington rebuild, put a price on carbon pollution and protect your food and water as the legislature resumes today. 
“Greens will push the Liberals to challenge the special interest groups that want to preserve the status quo rather than make smart choices for your future” says Schreiner.
 
Schreiner is calling on the Liberals to import low cost water power from Quebec instead of spending billions to rebuild the Darlington nuclear station. No nuclear project in Ontario’s history has delivered on time or on budget.
 
“Your children cannot afford another billion dollar nuclear boondoggle,” says Schreiner. “We are still paying for past nuclear cost overruns and have no plan to deal with nuclear waste.”
 
The Green Party is calling on the government to adopt a carbon fee and dividend policy that would place revenue from pricing carbon pollution in a dedicated account that returns money directly to Ontarians. BC, Alberta and Quebec all have some form of carbon pricing.
 
“We must turn Liberal talk into real action on climate change,” says Schreiner. “I want Ontario to be a job-creating machine in the emerging clean economy. Pricing carbon pollution will put money in your pocket and create the market incentives to make it happen.”
 
Schreiner will continue to pressure the Liberals to close loopholes in legislation that threaten the province’s food and water supply. Ontario is losing 360 acres of farmland per day, which is an area the size of Toronto each year, while bee deaths threaten food crops.
 
“Your food and water should trump special deals for developers,” says Schreiner. “The Liberal loopholes allowing the Midhurst Mega-Development is one of many examples where special deals threaten your food and water sources.”
 
The Green Party is on a mission to bring honesty, integrity and good public policy to Queen’s Park.
 
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