Ontario’s New Democractic Party Calls on Ford to Keep 50 Million Trees Program 

“This cut comes at a time when we are experiencing more extreme weather events and we need to take action to fight climate change.” – Monteith-Farrell, the NDP’s Forestry critic

A News Release from Ontario’s NDP/Official Opposition Party 

Posted April 30th, 2019 on Niagara At Large 

QUEEN’S PARK – The 50 million trees program, a program that creates jobs and fights climate change, should not be scrapped by the Ford government, said NDP MPP Judith Monteith-Farrell during question period Tuesday. 

“This government is cutting a program that aimed to plant 50 million trees across the province.  This program would have created good jobs and helped grow our forests,” said Monteith-Farrell, the NDP’s Forestry critic. 

“This cut comes at a time when we are experiencing more extreme weather events and we need to take action to fight climate change.” 

Monteith-Farrell reminded the Ford government that when they were in opposition they claimed to support planting three times as many trees as the 50 million trees program, but now in government they are cutting the program altogether. 

“The 50 million trees program is one of the easiest ways that Ontario can help fight climate change,” said Monteith-Farrell. “Will this government admit cutting the 50 million trees programs was wrong and reverse this bad decision?” 

To listen to or watch a segement of the debate in the Ontario legislature over this issue click on one of the following links –

Audio: https://www.dropbox.com/s/vv09ocpzjsu2cm6/Q8_Monteith-Farrell_04-30-2019.mp3?dl=0

Video: https://www.dropbox.com/s/jar3xidg6o8bupl/Q8_Monteith-Farrell_04-30-2019.mp4?dl=0

Finally, here is an interesting video on the role that planting trees can play in addressing climate change. Click on the screen below to watch –

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