Premier Kathleen Wynne says she wants public consultation as the Liberal government overhauls the province’s water-taking permit program.
Ontario’s opposition parties have been calling on the government to include public input, and Wynne said today there is “absolutely a place” for that as part of the review.
“Often it’s the grassroots communities that are out ahead of the policy-makers,” said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. “Ontario needs to have a complete look at the water situation and come up with a holistic strategy.”
Horwath met last week with Guelph residents who are fighting an application by multinational Nestlé to renew its permit to take up to 3.6 million litres a day from its well in nearby Aberfoyle, and said they are concerned about their future drinking water supplies.
Ontario NDP Leader, Andrea Horwath, joined the Tasha Kheiriddin show today to discuss the current water-policy in Ontario.