Jim Bradley

Party: Liberal

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Riding: St. Catharines

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City: St. Catharines

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Province: Ontario

Summary

Jim Bradley has been called Ontario's toughest environment minister for his efforts to ban garbage incinerators from apartment rooftops, introduce a Spills Bill and abatement program to protect water, strengthen the Environmental Protection Act, and launch the Countdown Acid Rain program that required the province's biggest emitters to reduce their emissions by 64 percent. He played a crucial role in establishing the Greenbelt, phasing out coal and saving the Niagara Escarpment Commission. For the 41 years he has been in power, he has been a strong voice on the environment in the legislature and has fought to position Ontario as an environmental leader. 

Full Environmental History

1977-present - MPP for St. Catharines, where he has served as Environment Minister, Environment Critic and Minister of Transportation.

1978 - The only Liberal MPP to support the NDP and stop his own government's efforts to abolish the Niagara Escarpment Commission. He then set in motion important improvements to the Niagara Escarpment Plan, which eventually resulted in restrictions on development and designated the area as a protected “Escarpment Rural Area”.

1985-1990 - Ontario Environment Minister, during which role he:

Introduced a Spills Bill, which saddled polluters with absolute liability for damages caused by spills in Ontario.

Introduced a Municipal Industrial Strategy for Abatement (MISA) in response to a chemical spill in the St. Clair River and one year later announced a similar abatement program for reducing air emissions.

Introduced legislation to amend the Environmental Protection Act and bring enforcement provisions up to date by raising fines and in some cases stripping polluters of ill-gotten gains.

Introduced a motion to ban garbage incinerators from the rooftops of apartments.

Introduced a motion to ban oil laced with contaminants from being be spread on roads as a dust control.

Expanded Blue Box recycling province-wide, which won the province a United Nations environmental award

Introduced a motion to rid log booms from provincial rivers.

Launched the Countdown Acid Rain program that required the province’s biggest emitters to reduce their emissions by 64 per cent.

2003 - Played a crucial role in establishing the Greenbelt and in ensuring that the new multi-lane, mid-peninsula highway in Niagara would undergo rigorous environmental assessment before being built.

2013-2014 - Returned as Ontario Environment Minister, during which role he:

Introduced the Ending Coals for Cleaner Air Act.

Introduced the Waste Reduction Act.

Introduced the Great Lakes Protection Act.

Imposed a full environmental assessment on the proposed Dufferin County Mega Quarry, which ending up terminating the proposal.

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