Environment Canada

Environment Canada

May 07, 2008 13:58 ET

Baird Welcomes Appointment of New Environment Commissioner

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 7, 2008) - Canada's Environment Minister John Baird, today welcomed the announcement by Auditor General Sheila Fraser of the new Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Mr. Scott Vaughan.

"Accountability and oversight is an important keystone of responsible government," said Baird. "That is also important when it comes to ensuring the health of our environment. That's why I look forward to working with Mr. Vaughan now and in the future."

"I have already spoken to Mr. Vaughan and will be meeting with him at the earliest opportunity to have a good discussion with him about the positive work our Government is doing to protect and preserve our environment," said Baird. "Whether it's fighting climate change, taking action to protect wildlife, conserving massive amounts of parkland across Canada, moving forward on clean water, our Government is taking real action for our environment."

"I would also like to thank Mr. Ron Thompson for his work as interim Commissioner," concluded Baird. "Ron Thompson served many years in the Office of the Auditor General and is a good example of the quality of Canada's public service. Our Government wishes him the best in his retirement."

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