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Conserving nature is not a partisan issue

  • Published on May 10 2011 |
  • by Alison Woodley |
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Today, as we face a new political landscape in Ottawa, we’re hearing a welcome message of collaboration from our Parliamentarians.  Over the past 24 hours elected representatives of all Parties have expressed their commitment to work together in the next Parliament.

And working together is exactly what’s needed to tackle the challenge of protecting Canada’s precious and irreplaceable natural heritage.  Less than 10% of our public land and less than 1% of our oceans currently protected from industrial development.  With over 600 species at risk of extinction, largely because their habitat is being destroyed; and with climate change further stressing fragile ecosystems, the need for large-scale conservation action has never been more urgent.

The election campaign demonstrated what the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) has long understood: that conserving nature is not a partisan issue.  We were pleased to see all parties pledging to take stronger action to protect our public lands and waters in Canada.

And we were pleased that the Conservative government has pledged to build on their recent progress on protecting Canada’s magnificent natural heritage, working collaboratively with the provinces and territories, Aboriginal peoples, and communities to develop a National Conservation Plan that will help protect more of Canada’s lands and waters and connect these protected areas together by making the intervening lands more permeable to wildlife.

There is hope for nature in this next session of Parliament, and CPAWS is looking forward to working with all parties to protect our magnificent country for all Canadians, now and in the future.