MPP dumps on Grit lobby link
By JORGE BARRERA, OTTAWA SUN
The link between a Toronto firm hired to lobby for Waste Management Canada and the Dalton McGuinty Liberals should worry opponents of the Carp Rd. dump expansion, says a local Tory MPP.
Warren Kinsella, a key Liberal strategist who helped run the Liberal war room in the 2003 provincial election, has registered to lobby the premier's office on behalf of WM, the owner of the Carp Rd. dump. Two other lobbyists in Kinsella's firm, Daisy Consulting Group, have also registered to lobby for WM.
Kinsella identified environmental assessments as a target area for his lobbying, according to the provincial lobbyist registry. That's a troubling sign for Nepean-Carleton Tory MPP Lisa MacLeod because the Environment Ministry has yet to approve the assessment for the Carp Rd. expansion.
"Warren Kinsella is closely tied to the premier of Ontario and the fact he has been hired to work with Waste Management on an issue that is a hot provincial topic doesn't quell the fears that I have over the expansion of our dump," said MacLeod, whose riding includes the dump.
"There is a potential that an unelected Liberal is going to have more influence on this debate than the elected members of the legislature," she said.
The premier's office said Kinsella has never met with McGuinty on the dump expansion. Jane Almeida, spokeswoman for the premier, said the government makes its environmental assessment decisions on "scientific information." She pointed to the government's recent rejection of WM plans to expand a landfill near Napanee.
"Obviously, our decision made last week dispels (MacLeod's) concerns because the WM proposal was rejected by the government," said Almeida.
A spokeswoman for Environment Minister Laurel Broten said WM pulled their proposal before it was ultimately rejected.
In an e-mail, Kinsella denied lobbying for WM on the Carp Rd. dump expansion.
"No. In no way, shape or form," wrote Kinsella. "The same answer applied to all members of our firm."
WM spokesman Wes Muir would not say what files Kinsella's firm was peddling with the province
(Then just why does Waste Management Corp need a provincial lobbyist, and just what does Kinsella do for them?)