For Immediate Release: July 31, 2017

Statement by Environmental Defence’s Executive Director, Tim Gray, on the retirement of Glen Murray, and the appointment of Chris Ballard as Ontario’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

Toronto, Ont. – We would like to welcome Chris Ballard as Ontario’s new Minister of the Environment and Climate Change. We look forward to working with him to implement Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and in continuing Ontario’s leadership on climate change. His experience as the Minister of Housing, and also as an Aurora city councillor, makes him very aware of the urgency of the climate issue and also of the incredible economic opportunities associated with transforming Ontario’s economy to an efficient, low carbon future.

We would also like to thank Glen Murray, the outgoing Minister, for his tireless dedication to making Ontario a global climate change leader. Glen worked every day to secure the most comprehensive Climate Change Action Plan possible and was a consummate voice for climate action in Ontario, Canada and internationally. We will miss working with him in government, but welcome him as a new colleague as the executive director of the Pembina Institute.

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 an interview, please contact: Allen Braude, Environmental Defence, (416) 323-9521 ext. 247; (416) 356-2587 (cell); abraude@environmentaldefence.ca