MONTREAL, Nov. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - Today, Canada's Minister of the
Environment, the Honourable Peter Kent, the Minister of Veterans
Affairs, the Honourable Steven Blaney, as well as the Quebec Minister
of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, Mr. Pierre Arcand,
announced a 15-year commitment to protect the St. Lawrence. This
agreement, known as the St. Lawrence Action Plan 2011-2026, will
continue the Canada-Quebec collaboration on the St. Lawrence that began
back in 1988. The governments also confirmed a joint investment of
$70 million over five years.
"The Harper Government is balancing the need for a cleaner and healthier
environment with protecting jobs and economic growth," said Minister
Kent. "In renewing the St. Lawrence Action Plan, we are improving water
quality and ensuring the sustainable use of the Seaway for trade."
The health of the St. Lawrence ecosystem is of inestimable value to
Quebec's economy, and we must ensure its protection and sustainable
development," added Minister Blaney.
"For 23 years now, thanks to an approach based on partnership and
cooperation, significant progress has been made in protecting,
conserving and recovering the use of the St. Lawrence. It is essential
to maintain our efforts and work hard to implement the integrated
management of the river. It is with everyone's participation, in
particular that of the ZIP (Areas of Prime Concern) committees, that we
will attain that goal" said Minister Arcand.
The adoption of a cooperative, integrated-management approach will allow
for the protection and sustainable use of the resources of the St.
Lawrence. To this end, twelve regional issue tables will be created and
an annual forum will bring together the players and users involved in
issues related to the St. Lawrence.
The Action Plan also ensures the continuation of the State of the St.
Lawrence Monitoring Program. This program uses 21 environmental
indicators to report on the state of the St. Lawrence and provide
The Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec are investing
$49 million and $20.6 million respectively over the next five years to
carry out the actions identified in the St. Lawrence Action Plan.
"This agreement shows again that it is important for the Quebec to
maintain a close collaboration with the Government of Canada," said the
Quebec Minister responsible for Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs and
the Canadian Francophonie, Mr. Yvon Vallières.
Details of the St. Lawrence Action Plan 2011-2016, as well as
documentation on related issues and programs, are available on the Web,
For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement,
please visit the Web site of Environment Canada at www.ec.gc.ca.
SOURCE Environment Canada
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