Response to Ministerial Statement (4 December 2006)
From Hansard - 4 December 2006
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Electronic Waste Recycling Program
Mr. Hart: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the Minister of Environment for providing me with a copy of his remarks earlier today. It certainly is helpful when responding to his statement.
Mr. Speaker, we certainly, on this side of the House, have no problems with the program that the minister announced. It is a step in the right direction. We need to segregate these electronic computers and equipment, Mr. Speaker, and keep them from going into the landfill sites. As the minister said, there are compounds in those electronic devices that could have long-term effects to the environment. And if we have a program in place where we can recycle them and reuse them, Mr. Speaker, that is certainly a step in the right direction.
The one concern that we would have, Mr. Speaker, and I would have is that what we are seeing from this government is a piecemeal approach to many of these issues when they said two years ago that they were going to have an overall master plan, and they called it the green strategy, Mr. Speaker. We see this government announce programs that deal specific issues within the environment and other areas, but we don’t see the master plan, Mr. Speaker. And there was considerable work done by the former minister and his officials where they consulted with various groups across this province, Mr. Speaker, and to this date we really haven’t seen any tangible results. I suspect that this may be a part of the overall results, but I think we need to see the overall plan before we . . . in conjunction with these specific programs, Mr. Speaker. But having said that, Mr. Speaker, we certainly feel that this is a step in the right direction. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
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