2014 Elections | NDP Response | Neonicotinoid Pesticides in Ontario | 78% Voters want a Ban

.June 5th, 2014 

Ontario Nature Questionnaire for Political Parties 2014 Election 

Ontario NDP Response 

1. Neonicotinoid pesticides have been linked to the deaths of millions of bees in Ontario and are 
lethal to birds and other wildlife. Seventy-eight percent of Ontario voters want these pesticides 
banned until their impacts are better understood. Will your party: 

 Support a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides? 

 Invest in research about pollinator-friendly farming practices and the economic value of 
pollinators for farmers and their crops? 

We are encouraged by actions to promote the use of non-neonicotinoid pesticide-treated seeds and to 
promote the use of other products and deflectors, but we recognize that these actions may not be 
sufficient. Rather than pinning the health of Ontario’s bee population on the Federal Government with 
their poor record on the environment, as the Liberals have done, the Ontario NDP will use science-based 
evidence to devise a course of action that makes sense for Ontario. 

The Ontario NDP has also long been committed to farm land preservation. The loss of Ontario’s most 
productive agricultural land is one of the greatest threats to local food and farming in Ontario. A NDP 
government will work with stakeholders to develop a plan that protects farmland takes account of 
habitat for pollinators.