Environment Commissioner: Government is all talk and no action
Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development tables Spring 2018 reports
April 25th, 2018 - 9:07am
OTTAWA – Yet again, the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development is crystal clear: this government has failed to show leadership in fulfilling its environmental commitments. The audits that she tabled today report that the Liberal government has no governance structure and no action plan to implement the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Environment Canada also has no plan in place to meet its 2020 targets to preserve our biodiversity.
“Justin Trudeau puts a lot of effort into delivering promises on the international stage, but fails to deliver on those commitments", explained the NDP Environment Critic, Alexandre Boulerice. "Once again, the Commissioner is sounding the alarm, saying that the government is not doing enough to protect the environment and biodiversity. The Prime Minister and his government must do more.”
On both sustainable development and the conservation of biodiversity, the federal government has failed to set targets, to do outreach to Canadians, to devise an implementation plan, to develop clear policies and programs, or consult other levels of government.
“Meetings and consultations can be very productive tools, but they have to be followed up with actions and measures that can be monitored and reported, said Wayne Stetski, NDP National Parks Critic. "Canada needs real national leadership, and the government is failing to provide it.”