WINNIPEG – The Progressive Conservative government has quietly shut down an environmental agency that worked with organizations to protect the environment and keep waste out of landfills.
Green Manitoba Eco Solutions will be folded into the sustainable development department, according to the province, but the opposition NDP isn’t happy about the decision.
Environment critic Rob Altemeyer tells 680 CJOB these actions by the Pallister government could have a serious impact on environmental policy.
“We’re losing a whole lot of institutional knowledge from all of the people who have worked there, sometimes for decades. The groups that have been working with this agency are very concerned and uncertain about what their future is.”
The government has responded to Altemeyer’s claims, stating that no jobs will be lost.
Minister of Sustainable Development Cathy Cox is defending the decision, citing efficiencies and savings of roughly $1-million.
“We’ve talked to the producers, and they’ve told us that they want to eliminate that additional layer. That’s exactly what we plan to do. We plan to integrate and empower those producers to find better and more efficient ways of recycling.”
Green Manitoba was formed in 2006 by the previous NDP government.