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Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario
1,426 days in office
Ontario's 42nd Parliament
07 Jun 2018 - 03 May 2022

The 2018 Ontario general election was held on June 7, 2018 to elect the 124 members of the 42nd Parliament of Ontario.

The Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, led by Doug Ford, won a majority government with 76 of the 124 seats in the legislature. The incumbent Liberal government was effectively swept out of Parliament, securing only 7 seats in the legislature and consequently having to surrender official party status.

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Promise History

1.05.03 - “Keep Ontario beautiful by […] supporting and enforcing our air quality programs”


“In 2017, the provincial government, then led by Kathleen Wynne, assured the Aamjiwnaang First Nation that it would be included in the project, which the government said would ‘improve the relationship with Ontario’s Indigenous communities.’ The Ford government also reiterated its importance. […] While the Ministry of the Environment has kept the First Nation regularly updated on the project, until last week it withheld key air pollution data informing the health study.”


“Last fall, the province quietly changed a regulation under Ontario’s Environmental Protection Act to exempt sulphur dioxide ‘flaring’ incidents at petroleum refineries from meeting the province’s air quality standards. Flaring incidents — in which refineries burn off excess crude oil products that cannot be processed — emit large quantities of sulphur dioxide in a short period of time. The flaring rules had been tightened by the previous Liberal government in March 2018. ‘The reality is right now there’s no air quality standard that applies to the flaring of acid gas at refineries,’ said [Elaine] MacDonald, [healthy communities director for Ecojustice, a Toronto-based environmental law charity,] in an interview. ‘So communities are vulnerable to spikes and high concentrations of sulphur dioxide from facilities flaring acid gas. And there’s no enforcement that can be done to prevent that from occurring, because they’ve just exempted that completely.’”

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