Liberals and NDP cooperate to bypass Ontario’s Endangered Species Act
In the budget bill passed in the Ontario Legislature on Tueday, April 24, 2014, the McGuinty government included 49 amendments to environmental legislation which will excuse landowners and developers from having to take account of endangered species when building and operating wind turbines (or anything else for that matter).
The NDP government voted in favour of the budget bill, in order to avoid an early election. In exchange for their support, the Liberals, who also don’t want an election, agreed to significant changes demanded by the NDP. But this party, which purports to be green, made no attempt to obtain concessions on the environmental changes.
The naturalist / environmental community has been relatively silent on the gutting of the Endangered Species Act. Does nobody care enough about our endangered species to make a fuss, or has everyone simply given up on the McGuinty government?
And if that weren’t enough, it was revealed yesterday (April 27th) that the federal budget bill introduced by the Harper government contains equivalent amendments to federal legislation that will reduce or eliminate environmental protections built up over decades. What a disaster!