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 hydroelectric power.
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 protection."
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
Conservative Ernie Eves lost the support of environmentalists by
ignoring the environment while in government and also on the campaign
While campaigning, the premier-elect promised to require that gasoline
contain at least five percent clean ethanol by 2007 and 10 percent
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