Kitchener-Conestoga Provincial Candidates Answer Questions on Important Environmental Issues

Wilmot Township voters are concerned about their environment. And they want whoever they elect on June 2 to have a positive impact on the environment.

The New Hamburg Independent asked five Kitchener-Conestoga candidates – from the New Democratic Party, Progressive Conservatives, Liberal Party, Green Party and New Blue Party of Ontario – the following questions about the environment by mail electronic. Only three candidates submitted their answers. The Green Party and New Blue Party of Ontario failed to send in their responses after an email reminder.

Citizens are concerned about preserving the environment. They are calling for a moratorium on MZOs and gravel quarry permits. What do you have to say about that?

Karen Meissner (NDP): “Currently, gravel extraction approvals are not well coordinated. They are disruptive and we see them popping up everywhere. I support calls to hold new approvals for gravel mines until we have a plan in place – until we know how much we need and we have a plan for where we can put mines.

Mike Harris (PC): “PC Ontario has been very clear that MZOs will only be granted with the support of local municipal councils after they have done their own due diligence on the project. This tool has been used to create over 4,100 new long-term care beds and 58,000 housing units, including over 600 supportive housing units.

Melanie Van Alphen (Liberal): “I support community advocacy on these issues and will continue to work with them to bring their voice to Queen’s Park. The Ontario Liberal Party is committed to eliminating MZOs and replacing them with new rules, including transparent consultations. We will also strengthen environmental monitoring and protections on gravel and aggregate extraction.

Eight years from the horizon of 2030, what is your party’s plan to reduce gas emissions by 50% by 2030?

Meissner (NDP): “The NDP’s Green and Democratic New Deal includes a mandate for all newly constructed public, residential and commercial buildings to be net zero emissions by 2030, alongside a world-class building retrofit program which will generate $15.2 billion in annual revenue. economic activity and create 100,000 jobs. We will implement Ontario’s first zero-emission vehicle strategy. In addition, we will support municipalities in the transition to a fleet of all-electric public transit vehicles. These are just a few of the overall strategies.

Harris (PC): “Ontario is making great strides in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and we are on track to meet the Paris Agreement reduction targets. Ontario’s PC government has made historic investments in green vehicle technology and is partnering with large-scale manufacturers like Dofasco to convert their coal-fired blast furnace to a low-emission electric furnace.

Van Alphen (LIB): “The Ontario Liberal Party will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% below 2005 levels by 2030 and achieve net zero emissions by 2050. We have a plan to provide a $9,500 rebate for electric vehicles and charging stations, eliminate installation connection fees for rooftop solar panels, renew the Ontario Electricity Rebate, and switch to a supply into completely clean energy.