Environment Canada

Environment Canada

March 06, 2008 15:09 ET

Environment Minister Comments on Commissioner's Report

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 6, 2008) - Canada's Environment Minister, John Baird, today commented on the Report of the Commissioner of the Environment, presented earlier today.

"The Commissioner's Report identified issues that had been raised many years ago under the previous government, and they did little or nothing to fix those problems," said Minister Baird. "The good news is that on many of these issues, our Government is taking action where the previous Government failed."

Since coming to office, the Government has made major investments and announcements in areas raised in the report, including:

- $225 million to protect sensitive nature areas in partnership with the Nature Conservancy of Canada;

- $110 million to protect Species at Risk;

- $61.5 million to protect the Health of the Oceans;

- $48 million to clean up Great Lakes Areas of Concern;

- A massive expansion of Nahanni National Park Reserve, home to several species at risk, as well as major land protections in the Northwest Territories; and

- An Action Plan on Clean Water.

The Commissioner also found that the Government was making real progress on several issues, including protecting Canadians from toxic chemicals, insurance for nuclear plants, and cleaning up military dumpsites.

"We're glad to see the Commissioner is pleased with our action in five major areas, and we are committed to real action in the other areas, action we have already started to take," said Minister Baird. "There is no doubt that it will take time and real dollars to clean up the environmental failures of the previous Government. We accept the comments of the Commissioner and are working hard to take action on the issues he has raised."

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Eric Richer
    Press Secretary
    Environment Canada
    Media Relations
    819-934-8008 or 1-888-908-8008