On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley spoke in the Ontario legislature to support growing the Greenbelt to protect more sensitive and vital water resources. Thank you, Mr. Bradley!
Read Mr. Bradley's full statement below, and be sure to send a letter to Minister of Municipal Affairs Bill Mauro in support of growing the Greenbelt, as the Ontario government reviews the results of the recent Land Use Review consultations.
"I am pleased to rise in the Legislature today to recognize our collective efforts to protect water, farmland and nature in Ontario.
I applaud the government for committing to grow the Greenbelt by adding 21 urban river valleys and seven coastal wetlands. This commitment builds on the work of previous governments in protecting the Oak Ridges moraine and Niagara Escarpment. Ensuring that the sources of our water and food are protected is truly something on which we can all agree, no matter what party we represent.
Today, I stand here in support of the 26,000 Ontarians and 120 organizations who are calling on all parties to protect our water supplies by growing the Greenbelt. We have letters of support from Niagara to Northumberland, Simcoe to Wellington, and from every community in the greater Golden Horseshoe. We have support from ratepayers’ associations, agricultural groups, youth groups, environmental organizations and others. They’re asking for a science-based expansion of the Greenbelt to include a bluebelt of vulnerable water supplies and features. The bluebelt would protect drinking water supplies for millions of residents and support our economic powerhouse, Ontario’s farmers and grape growers. It would also make our region more resilient to extreme weather and climate change.
The Greenbelt is already overwhelmingly popular. More than 90% of Ontarians agree with it. This popular groundswell shows that now is the right time to grow the Greenbelt."
Mr. Jim Bradley, November 2, 2016
MPP, St. Catharines
Chief Government Whip
Deputy Government House Leader