The Chair (Mr. Grant Crack): We shall move to the Ontario Landowners Association. I believe we have two members here with us today. I’ll let you do the introductions. We welcome you here. You have five minutes for your presentation.
Ms. Jessica Lauren Annis: I thank the committee for having us here today. My name is Jessica Lauren Annis. I am the founder and interim president of the Toronto Private Property Rights Association, which is a chapter of the Ontario Landowners Association, which makes me a director. To my left here is Moira Egan. She’s going to speak to the bill. She is a director of the Toronto Private Property Rights Association.
I just want to say that through my participation on over a dozen local and provincial committees, including two LGIC appointments, and deep research, I have gained a thorough understanding of sustainable development, as has Moira. Having said that, I’m going to pass it on to you.
Ms. Moira Egan: Hello. Bill 66 is the continuation of the implementation of sustainable development in Ontario, so it is important to understand what sustainable development is and what it is not.
Sustainable development is a top-down, authoritarian, collectivist ideology masquerading as a grassroots environmental movement. It is global in its reach and is promoted by globalist social engineers who are, for the most part, funded by deep-pocketed foreign NGOs and crony corporatists.
Bill 66 is not about the environment; it is about control. Specifically, it is about continuing the centralization of power, the depopulation of rural Ontario, the impoverishment of the population through deindustrialization, the transfer of wealth from the people to the 0.0001%, the destruction of our common-law rights, specifically private property rights, the delegation of governance to special interest groups, the creation of a privatized technocracy to regulate every aspect of our lives, and ultimately the destruction of self-reliance and free will.
The majority of the people behind me who self-identify as environmentalists are not. They are globalists intent on creating a worldwide neo-feudal system, and when their mission is complete, joining the elite to rule over the rest of us.
To that end, Bill 66 will cement the unholy alliance between the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, conservation authorities and globalist NGOs to centrally plan and govern land use planning for local communities across Ontario. If fully implemented, Bill 66 will spell the end of prosperity in Ontario and profoundly damage the environment, as meticulously researched and documented by Elizabeth Nickson.
I would like to conclude my presentation with a paraphrase of Pius XI: Just as it is gravely wrong to take from individuals what they can accomplish by their own initiative and industry and give it to the community, so also it is an injustice and at the same time a grave evil and disturbance of right order to assign to a greater and higher association what lesser and subordinate organizations can do. For every social activity ought of its very nature to furnish help to the members of the body social, and never destroy and absorb them.
That concludes our presentation.
The Chair (Mr. Grant Crack): Thank you very much. We appreciate that. I’m going to start questioning on the government side. Mr. Dickson.
Mr. Joe Dickson: Thank you, Jessica. Thank you, Moira. I’m going to ask you a couple of questions. I would just preface them by saying that I think I’ve been at the table for about 40 years at the municipal and regional level—deputy mayor, Catholic school board, all of those good things. I understand some of the problems are where proper consideration is not given to the citizen at large, the general citizen at large. They become over-burdened with a number of things. Sometimes there is over-enforcement on compliance and that’s a problem.
I did notice that you had mentioned the paraphrase of Pius XI.
Ms. Moira Egan: Yes.
Mr. Joe Dickson: Good for you. You should pay very close attention to the papal encyclical of Pope Francis, which--
Ms. Moira Egan: I am very familiar with it.
Mr. Joe Dickson: Wonderful. You should lead the way.
I’m going to incorporate a couple of questions into one question: How can we, as the province, best involve landowners in the implementation of the Great Lakes Protection Act, should it move forward? Part of that is, would you support changes to the bill that would require consideration of existing policies and plans when developing geographically focused initiatives and for requiring consideration of costs and benefits?
Ms. Jessica Lauren Annis: How to engage the landowner—I think it’s best done at the local level. The local landowners have been completely disenfranchised through the Green Energy Act. I think this is another Green Energy Act, but now with land use planning. I don’t think you can fix this bill.
Mr. Joe Dickson: Okay. I should point out that what we’re hoping to do this time, and working very diligently on it, is to bring compliance where the general public is involved. Do you agree with that philosophy, that we would form--
Ms. Jessica Lauren Annis: You’re bringing in centralized planners from MOE.
Mr. Joe Dickson: Yes.
Ms. Jessica Lauren Annis: I sat on the Lake Simcoe Stakeholder Advisory Committee. It was extremely divisive. Science was actively suppressed. People most knowledgeable about the lake were not allowed to present. I think it’s a terrible process when it gets centralized like that.
Stakeholders were completely ignored. I know that this committee looks at that as a good process. For one who was there, day after day—I can’t talk about what specifically happened in the committee because I signed a non-disclosure, but I can tell you that overall, it was a terrible process.
Mr. Joe Dickson: I think that if you talked to everyone in this room, they’ve probably sat on one committee or another that has not been perfect in their mind and has been a problem--
Ms. Jessica Lauren Annis: I’ve sat on dozens and dozens of committees, and that was probably the worst.
The Chair (Mr. Grant Crack): Okay, thank you very much. I appreciate that. We shall move to the official opposition. Mr. MacLaren.
Mr. Jack MacLaren: Do you have any amendments you would like to make to this bill?
Ms. Jessica Lauren Annis: I don’t have any specific amendments in mind, no.
Mr. Jack MacLaren: Okay. That’s it.
The Chair (Mr. Grant Crack): Okay, thank you very much. We shall move to the third party. Mr. Tabuns.
Mr. Peter Tabuns: I take it, then, that you believe we should be voting the bill down?
Ms. Jessica Lauren Annis: Yes.
Mr. Peter Tabuns: Okay, thank you.
The Chair (Mr. Grant Crack): Thank you very much. Thanks to both of you for coming before the committee and sharing your position.