Greenbelt Coalition

February 15, 2005 13:52 ET

POLL FINDS 94% OF ONTARIANS SUPPORT GREENBELT COALITION POSITION

NEED FOR MORE STUDIES REQUIRED BEFORE GREENBELT LEGISLATION IS PASSED Attention: Agriculture Editor, Assignment Editor, Environment Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 15, 2005) - A staggering 94% of Ontario residents want studies released to explain why lands were included in the proposed Ontario Greenbelt legislation and why other lands were excluded. (see highlights for questions and results)

The findings were part of a recent poll conducted by POLLARA that sampled 1,000 Ontarians between January 31st and February 4th, 2005. The poll has a margin of error of +/-3.1% 19 times out of 20.

"It is apparent that Ontarians want to see everything the government has on the Greenbelt before the legislation is passed," said Ralph Capocci, Executive Director of the Greenbelt Coalition. "Our position has been clear in calling on the government to release the appropriate studies before passing Bill 135."

The key findings also suggest that only 14% of Ontarians believe the Ontario government is doing a good or excellent job of controlling sprawl. Furthermore, over half of Ontarians have little or no confidence in the government's Greenbelt Plan.

In addition, the study found that nearly 60% of citizens believe the government has not done a thorough investigation to understand all of the consequences of the Greenbelt Act. Finally, 91% of Ontarians want all studies released to the public, while only 8% trust the government to do a fair job on the Greenbelt.

"The results of this poll indicate that the government still needs to convince Ontarians of its plan for the Greenbelt," said Capocci. "The Greenbelt Coalition wants to work with the government in ensuring that a Greenbelt plan takes into account the various issues such as growth management, infrastructure, housing prices, transportation, municipal tax implications and economic growth and jobs. Future generations want to see a Greenbelt that is done right."

For more information about the Greenbelt Coalition, please visit the group's website at www.greenbeltcoalition.org

HIGHLIGHTS

Q: The government of Ontario should make public studies and reports available to the public which explain why some lands are in the Greenbelt while others are excluded.

Strongly Agree....................................................................... (75%)
Somewhat Agree.................................................................... (18%)
Total Agree............................................................................ (94%)
Somewhat Disagree................................................................ ( 3%)
Strongly Disagree................................................................... ( 2%)
Total Disagree........................................................................ ( 5%)
Don't Know/Refused................................................................ ( 1%)

Q: Do you think Premier Dalton McGuinty's government is doing an excellent job, a good job, only a fair job, or a poor job in each of the following areas?

Controlling the sprawl of Ontario's largest cities
Excellent Job.......................................................................... ( 1%)
Good Job ............................................................................... (13%)
Fair Job ................................................................................. (34%)
Poor Job ................................................................................ (21%)
Don't Know/Refused ............................................................... (30%)

Q: Based on what you know, how confidant are you in a government of Ontario plan for the Greenbelt region?

Very Confident ....................................................................... ( 3%)
Somewhat Confident .............................................................. (34%)
Total Confident ...................................................................... (37%)
Not Very Confident ................................................................. (34%)
Not At All Confident ................................................................ (19%)
Total Not Confident ................................................................ (53%)
Don't Know ............................................................................ (11%)

Q: I have confidence that the Ontario government has done a thorough investigation to understand all of the consequences of the Greenbelt Act.

Strongly Agree ......................................................................... ( 8%)
Somewhat Agree ...................................................................... (26%)
Total Agree .............................................................................. (34%)
Somewhat Disagree .................................................................. (27%)
Strongly Disagree ..................................................................... (30%)
Total Disagree .......................................................................... (57%)
Don't Know/Refused .................................................................. ( 8%)

Q: Some people/Others believe the government should release all studies justifying the boundaries of the Greenbelt to the public so they can review the reasons and motivations behind the decisions.

Others/Some people trust the government to do a good and fair job of making decisions about the boundaries and do not believe it is necessary to release such information to the public.

Which of these two points of view is closest to your own?

Release All Studies To The Public ................................................ (91%)
Trust The Government To Do A Fair Job ...................................... ( 8%)
Don't Know ............................................................................... ( 1%)

***(NB. Numbers may not add to 100 due to rounding.)*** /For further information: Ralph Capocci, Executive Director, Greenbelt Coalition, (416) 504-BELT (2358) ext. 21 or 1-866-500-BELT (2358) ext. 21 or ralphc@greenbeltcoalition.org/ IN: AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT, JUSTICE, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Ralph Capocci, Executive Director, Greenbelt Coalition
    Primary Phone: 416-504-2358 ext. 21
    Secondary Phone: 416-722-2141
    Toll-Free: 866-500-2358
    E-mail: ralphc@greenbeltcoalition.org