The Liberal government cannot be trusted with defending the people and places we love in Ontario.
Ontario’s wildlife and animal populations are at risk. The Liberals first gutted the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 2013, and then creating more exemptions that allow industry to kill endangered species.
Between pressures of development and climate change, Ontario is losing species at an alarming rate. In her 2017 report, Environmental Commissioner Dianne Saxe said the government’s approach is “undermining the survival” of the more than 200 species considered ‘at risk’ in Ontario.
The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario also found that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry did not say no to even one of the 3,000 requests to harm species or habitat.
The loss of species will accelerate if the Liberals move forward with recommendations to eliminate the need for development approvals to engage in destructive environmental practices.
“We need to eliminate the loopholes that allow industry insiders to kill endangered species,” says Mike Schreiner, Green Party of Ontario Leader. “The Liberals have put the profits of developers, gravel pit owners, and mining companies ahead of the places we love and the lives of animals with whom we share Ontario.”
The Liberals must reverse their decision to gut the Endangered Species Act and eliminate the loopholes that allow industry insiders to kill endangered species.
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