Ontario election: Doug Ford’s poor record on the environment and climate change

May 3, 2022

By Mark Winfield, Professor, Environmental and Urban Change, York University, Canada

With Ontarians heading to the polls on June 2, Premier Doug Ford government’s advertising campaigns are ramping up.

The government’s environmental credentials, notably its recent investments in “greening” the steel sector and in electric vehicle manufacturing, have figured prominently in its messages.

This focus comes as something of a surprise to those familiar with the Ford government’s record on environmental issues, which has moved the province’s approach to environmental problems backwards by half a century or more.

The major features of the Ford government’s performance on the environment are well known.

It has:

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