Ian Arthur, MPP Kingston and the Islands

Government of Ontario

Press Release: NDP says there’s only one reason for Ford to scrap environmental oversight

Published on November 15, 2018

QUEEN’S PARK – Ian Arthur, Official Opposition critic for the Environment and Sustainability, said there’s only one reason for Doug Ford’s move to fire the Environmental Commissioner and scrap the commission entirely: Ford’s trying to limit oversight and remove anyone who might be critical of his government and the damage his policies will do to the environment.

“Doug Ford’s cancellation of cap-and-trade has already cost Ontario billions in lost revenue and good jobs, it’ll cost families more, and it’ll hurt our environment.” said Arthur. "Now Doug Ford is firing people who are critical of his government. He's firing the Environmental Commissioner and shuttering the commission entirely. Clearly, Doug Ford doesn’t want anyone to know just how bad he’s going to damage the environment"

The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario had a mandate to monitor the government’s compliance with provincial environmental laws, including the Environmental Bill of Rights, and to report on the government’s progress on an annual basis.

“Ford’s cut comes just two days after the commissioner released a report highlighting some of Ontario’s biggest environmental challenges,” said Arthur. “The commissioner was clear on what inaction will mean for our province, but Doug Ford’s response was to fire the commissioner. This decision is irresponsible and will be detrimental to the well being of Ontario families. This is the era of climate change and the battle for our planet. The threats we face transcend borders and our response should transcend political boundaries.”

“Ontario families deserve so much better.”