Anne Minh-Thu Quach Calls for Better Habitat and Species-At-Risk Protections

 

Environmental group Ambioterra appears before House of Commons Environment Committee

OTTAWA — “The federal government should stop weakening our environmental laws and take action to protect habitat,” said NDP Deputy Environment Critic Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Beauharnois–Salaberry) at today’s House of Commons Environment Committee meeting.

The Committee heard from Priscilla Gareau, Director of the environmental organization Ambioterra, for its study on habitat conservation. Asked by Quach about the enforcement of environmental laws, Gareau confirmed that cuts to scientist positions are threatening the survival of wildlife species. “There are not enough wildlife officers on the ground to enforce existing laws and regulations. In addition, the Habitat Stewardship Program needs to be better managed,” said Gareau.

“The Conservative government must stop cutting scientist positions and take action,” Quach told the Committee. “The Minister of the Environment recently said that we must choose between environmental protection and health transfers; that view is mistaken. Our health depends on the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink, and on the richness of our biodiversity. That is what sustainable development is all about.”

Quach also congratulated Ambioterra on its 10th anniversary. The organization helps protect natural environments in the Upper St. Lawrence Valley and supports private property owners in adopting practices that protect wildlife habitat.

The Environment Committee is to produce a report on habitat conservation that will be presented to the House of Commons very soon.

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For more information, please contact:

Isabelle Bourassa, Parliamentary Assistant to Anne Minh-Thu Quach, MP

613-295-9404 or anneminh-thu.quach.a1@parl.gc.ca