Blue-Green Province

The Environment and the Political Economy of Ontario

Mark S. Winfield

  • Published: 2012
  • Subject Listing: Environmental Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 280 pp., 12 illus., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

In Blue-Green Province, Mark Winfield takes a long overdue look at the crucial relationship between Ontario's environmental policy and its politics and economy. Covering the period from the Progressive Conservative "dynasty" that dominated Ontario politics from the mid-1940s to the mid-1980s, through the subsequent Peterson, Rae, Harris, Eves, and McGuinty governments, Winfield offers a trenchant analysis of the effects on Ontario's environment and politics of these administrations' dramatically different ideologies. Timely and original, Blue-Green Province is the first comprehensive study of environmental policy in Ontario. It will be welcomed by anyone with an interest in Ontario's environmental and economic future.
Mark S. Winfield is an assistant professor in theFaculty of Environmental Studies at York University. He was policy andprogram director with the Pembina Institute from 2001 to 2007, anddirector of research at the Canadian Institute for Environmental Lawand Policy from 1992 to 2001. He has written numerous articles onenvironmental law and policy, and testified at the Walkerton Inquiry asan expert witness on Ontario environmental law and policy affectingdrinking water quality.

"The first full-length scholarly analysis of its kind for Ontario. The focus on the environment and the comprehensive manner in which the author links environment policy to broader currents in the political economy of the province make this study stand apart .. A very important piece of work that deserves wide dissemination."
-Gregory J. Inwood, professor of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University
1 Introduction

2 The Environment and the Dynasty

3 The Environment and Ontario's Quiet Revolution

4 Sustainable Development, Restructuring, and Recession

5 The Environment and the Common Sense Revolution

6 From Walkerton to McGuinty

7 The Dynasty Redux?

8 Conclusions

Epilogue: The October 2011 Election and Its Implications for
Ontario's Environment and Economy

Appendices; Notes; Bibliography; Index