For Immediate Release:  May 6, 2011
With Federal Election Over, Provincial Leaders Challenged to Come Clean on Green Energy Jobs:  “Will They Take My Job Away?”
TORONTO, ON – Now that the federal election is over, Ontario’s provincial parties are being challenged to come clean with citizens on green energy jobs. Today, canvassers will be outside the constituency offices of Ontario’s three elected leaders in Ottawa, Beamsville and Hamilton, and geo-targeted online ads will be starting. In each case, the party leaders are being challenged to answer whether they will take away the clean energy jobs now being created in Ontario.
“There is a clean energy jobs boom unfolding in Ontario that could come to a screeching halt depending on what position Ontario’s political parties take,” said Rick Smith, executive director of Environmental Defence. “Those now getting hired have a right to know whether elected officials are planning to take their jobs away. We need our elected officials to come clean on where they stand on green energy jobs.”
This renewed provincial push picks up where things left off before the federal election when several groups came together around comeclean.ca, a non-partisan initiative to catalogue what elected officials are saying on the record about clean energy jobs, greenspace, and clean air and water.
– According to the Ontario Ministry of Energy over 13000 new jobs were created in 2010 as a direct result of the Green Energy & Economy Act
– According to a report from Clear Sky Advisors, the solar industry alone is expected to generate more than 70,000 jobs in Ontario by 2015
– Examples of new clean energy firms include Heliene in Sault St. Marie with 60 jobs, Canadian Solar in Guelph with 500 jobs and Silfab Solar in  Mississauga with 200 jobs
ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE (environmentaldefence.ca):  We are 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.
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Stephanie Kohls, Environmental Defence, (416) 323-9521, ext. 232 or (647) 280-9521(cell), skohls@environmentaldefence.ca