Statement on World Water Day
March 22nd, 2013 - 11:01am
Mr. Speaker, 70% of our planet is covered by water and 70% of the human body is also made up of water.
Today is World Water Day, and communities around the world are celebrating the importance of fresh water.
Water is increasingly seen as blue gold, and today is an important reminder of the need to advocate for sustainable use of fresh water.
While Canada has 20% of the world's fresh water, only 7% of it is usable by humans. Many communities in Canada, including too many first nations, lack adequate water services.
The protection of fresh water and the economies that depend on it are under attack by the Conservative government, which removed protection from 99% of Canada's lakes and rivers, closed the ELA, gutted fisheries protection from the Fisheries Act and scrapped thousands of environmental assessments from massive pipeline projects. Just yesterday, we learned that the government will slash another $100 million from Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
I call on the government to immediately change course and for once stand with Canadians to protect our fresh water.