Last month, Canadians elected a majority Liberal government. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made big changes to the Environment portfolio, electing Catherine McKenna as the new Minister for Environment and Climate Change. With the decision, we’re hopeful that nearly a decade of environmental apathy has come to an end.
As part of the Liberals campaign platform, Mr. Trudeau promised that he will review changes to the Fisheries Act and Navigable Waters Protection Act, restore lost protections and incorporate modern safeguards. Canadians must urge him to remain steadfast on these commitments.
While damage to Canadian marine wildlife and ecosystems has already been done, a quick and dedicated reversal of cuts should minimize the harm to the waterways that Canadians take pride in, and that a number of Canadians rely on for their livelihoods.