Anne Minh-Thu Quach supports the Lac Saint-François National Wildlife Area and condemns Environment Canada cuts

July 14th, 2011 

SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD – Anne Minh-Thu Quach, the NDP MP for Beauharnois–Salaberry, visited one of the province’s most beautiful wildlife reserves, the Lac Saint-François National Wildlife Area, which provides a habitat for rare and threatened species.

“It’s a real paradise,” says Quach, “You can see turtles, rare birds and stunning flowers.” Over the years, the non-profit organization Les Amis de la Réserve, which is responsible for the area’s preservation, has held a series of environmental education activities. It has created more than 10 km of trails, paths and foot bridges. In addition, it has partnered with the Akwesasne Reserve, offering tours to discover the beauty of this area with the First Nations people. The area is now a national tourist destination and helps create quality local jobs.

In May, Environment Canada slashed the budget of the Lac Saint-François reserve and three other reserves in Quebec by 56%. Its very survival is now uncertain.

“It’s unacceptable,” says the Member for Beauharnois–Salaberry, “With a budget of only $10,500 a year, how will Les Amis de la Réserve continue to be able to preserve the habitat, welcome visitors and offer educational activities?”

Quach calls on the Conservative government to reinstate funding for the Lac Saint-François Wildlife Area to ensure the future of our natural heritage and the region’s flora and fauna.