Community water needs must take permanent priority over corporate interests:
Ontario NDP Environment and Climate Change Critic Peter Tabuns issued the following statement:
“New Democrats welcome the long-overdue acknowledgement that Ontario should not be giving away water to corporate bottlers for a pittance. However, nowhere in today’s announcement does the Liberal government commit to protecting the water needs of municipalities and First Nations communities by giving them permanent priority over commercial interests.
Public outcry over the management of Ontario’s water resources has finally forced the Liberal government to pay attention. Thorough consultation with Ontarians is an important first step but what is needed is a comprehensive water strategy for the entire province. ”