Parliamentarians Call for Federal Budget for Nature
116 Members of Parliament and Senators have written to the Finance Minister Bill Morneau requesting that the upcoming federal budget include a “historic investment” to protect Canada’s land, freshwater and ocean.
The Parliamentarian’s letter adopts the Green Budget Coalition’s request for an initial investment of $1.4-billion over the next three years to establish new National Wildlife Areas, National Parks and provincial and Indigenous protected areas, with $470-million annually to pay for the enhancement of protected areas. The Green Budget Coalition’s detailed funding request is included in its recommendations for the 2018 federal budget the Green Budget Coalition is a group of 19 of Canada’s top nature and environmental organizations that is co-chaired by Nature Canada. The Coalition and the Parliamentarians make the case that the proposed federal investment is essential to deliver on Canada’s commitment under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity to protect at least 17% of Canada’s land and freshwater and 10% of our ocean by 2020.
Right now the Prime Minister and federal finance minister are deciding what to fund in Budget 2018. With the support these Parliamentarians, I am excited to tell you that this could be the biggest single investment ever made to protect Canada’s land, freshwater and ocean