ONTARIO GREENBELT ALLIANCE
For Immediate Release: May 27, 2011
New Poll Shows Strong Majority of Ontarians Favour Strengthening Greenbelt over Lessening Protections
Majority of those who support strengthening the Greenbelt also said party position on Greenbelt will influence their vote in October
TORONTO, ON – A new poll commissioned by the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance (OGA) shows overwhelming support by Ontarians to strengthen the Greenbelt in advance of the provincial election.
70 per cent of Ontarians favour strengthening the Greenbelt to protect greenspace and agricultural land versus 15 per cent who support lessening protections in order to promote economic development and job creation. 15 per cent of people were not sure.
“Ontario’s Greenbelt gives us fresh, local food and places where we can enjoy nature, as well as protection against sprawl and traffic congestion.” said Kevin Thomason, Vice-Chair, Grand River Environmental Network and Co-Chair of the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance. “These poll results show us Ontarians want an even stronger Greenbelt.”
In 2015, Ontario’s Greenbelt policy is mandated for review by the government in power at the time. The upcoming October election will therefore be important to the future of the Greenbelt.
“The government we choose in October has a critical role to play in the future of the Greenbelt. This poll shows that an overwhelming majority of Ontarians want our government to strengthen and not lessen Greenbelt protections,” said Rick Smith, Executive Director of Environmental Defence.
53% of those who said they favour strengthening Greenbelt protection, also said a Party’s position on the Greenbelt will have an influence on their vote in the provincial election.
The Greenbelt questions were conducted as part of an online omnibus poll fielded from May 18 to May 19 ,  2011 with 807 randomly selected adults who live in Ontario and are part of the Angus Reid Forum.
The margin of error is +/- 3.5%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and region Census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of Ontario. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.
The full poll results arte available at: http://environmentaldefence.ca/reports/angus-reid-greenbelt-poll-results
About the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance (www.greenbeltalliance.ca): The Ontario Greenbelt Alliance is a diverse multi-stakeholder coalition of close to 100 organizations who share a common vision for protecting and expanding the Golden Horseshoe Greenbelt. Environmental Defence is the coordinator of the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance.
About Environmental Defence (www.environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is Canada’s most effective environmental action organization. We challenge, and inspire change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all.
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For more information, or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Stephanie Kohls, Environmental Defence, (416) 323-9521 ext. 232; (647) 280-9521 (cell)