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Former Ontario environmental commissioner named Green Party deputy leader

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 @ 7:35 AM | By John Chunn

The Green Party of Ontario announced that Ontario’s environmental commissioner from 2015 to 2019, Dianne Saxe, has been appointed as deputy leader.

According to the Green Party’s press release, Saxe is also running uncontested for the party’s nomination in the downtown Toronto riding of University-Rosedale, with a vote taking place on Nov. 30.

“Now is the time for more Green voices at Queen’s Park. Doug Ford’s tenure has been marked by a relentless attack on Ontario’s environment. He replaced climate action with greenwashing and consistently puts profit before people and planet,” said Saxe, an environmental lawyer who has a Ph.D. in law from Osgoode Hall.

“I preferred to be non-partisan, but I cannot stand aside any longer. With others across Ontario, I am running to fight for a cleaner, safer and healthier future,” she added.

As the province’s environmental watchdog, Saxe was the guardian of the Ontario Environmental Bill of Rights, delivering 17 reports on environment, energy and climate. The Ford government passed special legislation to abolish her position after she criticized its climate policies.

“I am honoured that Dr. Saxe is joining our team for the 2022 provincial election,” said Green Party Leader, Mike Schreiner.

“When it comes to solving the biggest environmental challenges we face, there is no one more competent than Dr. Saxe. Her decision to run as a Green reflects how effective our party has been since securing our first seat at Queen’s Park,” he added.

Saxe is the first candidate the party has confirmed for the 2022 election. Greens will be running a full slate of candidates across all Ontario ridings.