TORONTO, Ontario, Canada, October 9, 2003 (ENS):
Ontario Liberal Leader Dalton McGuinty was elected premier
of Canada's most populous province October 2 on a platform
that included environmental responsibility. Environmentalists
are cautiously optimistic about the McGuinty government
based on campaign promises he made to shut down two
coal fired generating stations by 2007 and promote renewable
energy sources such as wind, solar, biomass, and small-scale
The Liberals won a resounding victory, taking 72 of
Ontario Legislature's 103 seats, leaving 24 for the
Conservatives, who lost their governing majority, and
seven for the New Democrats.
In his acceptance speech, Premier-elect McGuinty said,
"I feel the right thing for us is to invest in
better schools, better health care, and better environmental
McGuinty pledged to pass legislation that will enhance
the protection of lands surrounding water resources
and to build a network of water monitoring stations
and provide reports online.
On the campaign trail, the McGuinty promised to make
the provincial hazardous waste disposal rules the toughest
in North America, and to immediately ban the spreading
of raw human waste on farmlands.
He would divert 60 percent of waste from landfills
within five years by banning organic waste, conserve
open space, and promote brownfields redevelopment.
Conservative Ernie Eves lost the support of environmentalists
by ignoring the environment while in government and
also on the campaign trail.
While campaigning, the premier-elect promised to require
that gasoline contain at least five percent clean ethanol
by 2007 and 10 percent by 2010.
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