Congratulations to all the winners in yesterday's provincial
election, and condolences to all the losers. Former environment
Minister Wilkinson will be missed; he narrowly lost his riding of
Perth–Wellington. The new Minister should be announced
The reelection of the Liberals, and the balance of power handed
to the New Democrats, should be good news for environmental policy.
The last time the Liberals held power with the support of the NDP,
we saw major improvements in environmental enforcement, including
the creation of the Investigation and Enforcement Branch. Maybe
this time we'll see more support for low carbon transportation
initiatives, such as cycling, transit, and electric cars, since the
key NDP environmental planks were:
Four year transit fare freeze
Up to $5,000 in home energy retrofit rebates
Phase out coal, maintain the FIT program, and bring 10,700 MW
of renewable energy online by 2018
Invest in cycling infrastructure
Make sure the cost of recycling and safely disposing materials
is borne by the companies that produce them, rather than taxpayers
At minimum, the new government means continuation of key Liberal
environmental policies, such as the Green Energy Act, the Toxics
Reduction Act, the coal shutdown, and approvals reform. But energy
taxes could be a flashpoint- see David Suzuki's perceptive comments on the NDP platform.
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