Environment Canada

Environment Canada

March 03, 2010 19:01 ET

Minister Prentice Highlights the Environment in Speech From the Throne

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 3, 2010) - Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks, Jim Prentice, issued the following statement today following the Speech from the Throne:

"The Speech from the Throne articulates our plan to ensure that Canada is a clean energy superpower and that natural resources are developed in an environmentally-responsible and sustainable manner. To help that happen, the Government of Canada is committed to updating and streamlining regulations as well as leading the way forward with the creation of green jobs.

"Specifically, the northern regulatory regime will be reviewed to ensure that the natural resources of Canada's North can be developed in an environmentally-sound way. The focus on such northern initiatives is also reflected in the pledge to create a world class High Arctic Research Station.

"In the wake of recently-proposed national standards for municipal waste water management, the Action Plan on Clean Water is identified as a priority and the national conservation plan—which has already enhanced the number of and the breadth of Canada's national parks—will also be further bolstered.

"The Government is committed to the Copenhagen Accord and pledges to help fight climate change by leading the world as a clean energy superpower. There's also an undertaking 'to help developing economies reduce their emissions and adapt to climate change' and to pursue further progress with the Clean Energy Dialogue with the United States to ensure the alignment of a continental climate change approach."

For more information, please see the Speech from the Throne, at http://www.sft-ddt.gc.ca/eng/index.asp.

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