Liberals and NDP Restrict Public Hearings on Aggregate Review

May 4, 2012

KITCHENER — Today, Michael Harris, MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga called on the Liberals and NDP to reconsider both the time allocation and their decision not to take the review of the Aggregate Resources Act (ARA) to other parts of the province.

“The issue of aggregates has been a significant local concern for residents in Woolwich Township for several years now,” said Harris. “To ensure a meaningful review of the Aggregate Resources Act, the Committee must have the opportunity to hear from people in Kitchener-Conestoga, as well as other aggregate-producing parts of the province.”

The ARA review received all-party support in the Ontario Legislature on March 22nd. This review is being conducted by the Standing Committee on General Government, which will meet for the first time on Monday. In preparation, a Sub-Committee met this week to determine the way forward.

“It’s unacceptable for the Liberals and NDP to restrict the hearing of presentations and deputations to just 4 days – with no travel outside the City ofToronto,” said Harris. “Based on the number of current and future aggregate applications in our community, it makes sense for the Committee to visit Woolwich.”

As it now stands, there are only four dates scheduled in Torontoon May 7th and 14th from 2pm to 6pm and May 9th and May 16th from 4pm to 6pm. Only one public notice will go out in province-wide newspapers this coming Monday.

“In advance of Monday’s Committee meeting, I am supporting our PC House Leader Jim Wilson and MNR Critic Laurie Scott in their negotiations with the Liberals and NDP to increase the number of hearing dates and locations across the province,” Harris said. “In the meantime, I urge stakeholders, and our local municipalities, to request time to present their views and concerns.”

Requests to appear before the Standing Committee, should be submitted to the Clerk of the Committee, Sylwia Przezdziecki