We congratulate the new members of the Ontario cabinet on their new portfolios and welcome returning members and Ministers. In particular, we look forward to working with Minister Murray (Environment and Climate Change), Minister Hoskins (Health), Minister Chiarelli (Energy) and Minister McMeekin (Municipal Affairs and Housing) on critical areas that intersect Environmental Defence’s mandate of protecting the environment.
We are especially pleased that the explicit responsibility for addressing climate change has been added to the Environment Minister’s role. Climate change is the most significant challenge facing human civilization and we’re pleased to see Ontario become the first jurisdiction in North America to elevate the task of addressing it to the level of a cabinet position. We look forward to working with Minister Murray to develop an aggressive agenda to reduce carbon emissions in a manner that facilitates a clean economy, which benefits Ontario residents and businesses and shows that environmental and economic goals can be pursued hand-in-hand.
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.
For more information, or to arrange an interview, contact :
Naomi Carniol, Environmental Defence, 416-323-9521 ext 258 ; 416-570-2878 (cell); ncarniol@environmentaldefence.ca