Liberals move forward to protect Canada’s land and oceans

Justin Trudeau - Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada
Justin Trudeau - Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada

Justin Trudeau Promises to give every kid the chance to learn to camp

Sudbury, ON — A re-elected Liberal government will protect 25 per cent of Canada’s land and 25 per cent of Canada’s oceans by 2025, as well as give every kid in Canada the chance to learn to camp announced Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau in Sudbury this morning. The Liberal Leader was in Thunder Bay the previous evening for a campaign rally.

Canada has the longest coastline in the world, one-fifth of the world’s freshwater, and vast and wild forests — but climate change puts them all at risk. It’s more important than ever to protect the natural landscape we know and love. At the same time, Canadians of all ages should have the chance to enjoy our natural wonders and learn more about our country.

“We have listened to the courageous voices of young people who are demanding that their governments take bold action to protect our nature for future generations,” said Leader of the Liberal Party, Justin Trudeau. “And we know that we raise environmental champions by helping the next generation experience Canada’s natural beauty firsthand.”

Thunder Bay-Rainy River Liberal candidate Marcus Powlowski comments, “As one of the largest countries in the world we have a duty to make sure significant parts of our landscape are protected as wild spaces for future generations. As we address climate change we need wild spaces as baselines to assess how well we’re doing.

“From continued investments in Pukaskwa National Park to the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area, Liberal governments have shown a tangible commitment to conservation. This announcement will build on that commitment.”

Green Party candidate Amanda Moddejonge states, “The most recent promises by the Federal Liberals announced today with the focus of getting more young people out in the Canadian wilderness appears to have a strong focus on land stewardship, which is very positive and beneficial to our youth and young adults.  Personally, I would like to know if this would be fulfilled before or after the promised storage for First Nations youth for their canoes and paddles for them to connect back out to the land.  I’ve heard grumblings about this from local First Nations community leaders as of late.

“One of the many initiatives the Green Party of Canada will fight for is the implementation of the Council of Canadian Governments.  This council will be composed of leaders from all levels of government including federal, provincial, territorial, municipal, rural, and Indigenous.  It will help ensure that the important matters that affect communities have the attention of all levels of government so that the relevant policies are effective and appropriately funded.  This council will help us fix the areas of policy that haven’t been working, and make those that do work better.
Moddejonge concludes, “The Green Party is focused on eliminating poverty in Canada, protecting our environment, and improving the legislation and framework of this country in order to be more effective.  We will do this while operating a balanced budget.”

The Liberals promise: “A re-elected Liberal will continue down the path of conservation and environmental protection:

  • We will conserve and protect 25 per cent of Canada’s land and 25 per cent of Canada’s oceans by 2025, working towards 30 per cent of each by 2030;

    • We will ground these efforts in science, Indigenous knowledge, and local perspectives;

    • We will also advocate for countries around the world to set a 30 per cent conservation goal as well;

  • We will give every child the chance to learn how to camp by the time they reach grade eight, expanding the successful Learn to Camp program:

    • This will make it possible for 400,000 kids each year to learn the skills to enjoy camping; and

  • We will give 75,000 less privileged children and their families an up to four-night trip to one of Canada’s National or Provincial Parks:

    • This includes camping accommodations and a travel bursary of up to $2,000 so that families can more easily afford a once-in-a-lifetime trip to more national parks like Banff, Gros Morne, Forillon and the Cape Breton Highlands.

This builds on a strong Liberal tradition of protecting Canada’s land and oceans, including:

  • Making the largest investment in nature conservation in Canadian history;

  • Conserving land areas equal to about 3.5 times the size of Nova Scotia;

  • Boosting the amount of protected coastal and ocean areas from 1 per cent to 14 per cent;

  • Creating Rouge National Urban Park, North America’s largest urban park, and the Edéhzhíe Protected Area, the first Indigenous protected area;

  • Working in partnership with Inuit to protect the Arctic’s last year-round sea ice, as well as sensitive areas in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and glass sponge reefs off the coast of British Columbia.”

“The Conservatives spent a decade starving Parks Canada of funding, and ripping up protections for nearly all Canadian waters,” said Mr. Trudeau. “We only get one planet and one Canada. Let’s protect it, for our kids and grandkids to enjoy — today and for years to come.”

Backgrounder:  Protecting nature and helping every kid learn to camp