Ottawa, Ontario – February 28th 2018
The Member of Parliament for Pontiac, William Amos, issued today the following statement on the federal funding in Budget 2018 for the protection of Canada’s land, freshwater and oceans :
I am so proud that our Government announced in Budget 2018 an historic investment of $1.3 billion over five years to conserve Canada’s ecosystems, landscapes, and biodiversity. This is an incredible victory for all Canadians.
Earlier this year, I coordinated a letter to Finance Minister Morneau, signed by 116 Members of Parliament and Senators from all political parties, urging him to take this step in the budget and deliver on Canada’s commitment under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity to protect at least 17% of Canada’s land and freshwater and 10% of our ocean by 2020. Today’s budget announcement shows that our voices, and thereby the voices of Canadians, were heard, and that our government is committed to delivering on our promise to protect our natural heritage.
As Canadians, we understand that conserving our environment and building a strong economy go hand in hand. Investing in protected areas will create jobs and help to grow sustainable nature and culture-based tourism, which is of particular importance to the economies of our rural regions, including the Pontiac.
On behalf of my Pontiac constituents, and all Canadians, I want to thank Prime Minister Trudeau and Finance Minister Morneau for making the most significant investment in nature conservation in Canadian history’
I note with pride the unreservedly positive and appreciative comments from two Pontiac constituents who are representatives of the national conservation organization, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society:
“CPAWS applauds today’s announcement of $1.3 billion dollars of new federal funding over five years to protect Canada’s land, ocean, and wildlife. This unprecedented investment will support Canada’s efforts to achieve its commitment to protect at least 17% of our land and 10% of our ocean by 2020, delivering on the Prime Minister’s promise that Canada will achieve and substantially exceed this target in the coming years.” Eric Hebert Daly, CPAWS National Executive Director
Today’s historic federal investment in protecting our land and marine ecosystems should be a game-changer for nature conservation in Canada,” said Alison Woodley, CPAWS National Conservation Director. “Budget 2018 recognizes the scale of the biodiversity crisis we face and the importance of supporting the initiatives of all levels of government, civil society, and other partners in conservation efforts moving forward.” Alison Woodley, National Conservation Director, CPAWS