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Blue-Green Province

The Environment and the Political Economy of Ontario

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Blue-Green Province

The Environment and the Political Economy of Ontario

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 of these administrations’ dramatically different ideologies on Ontario’s environment and politics. 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.


296 pages


Table of Contents

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

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