VICTORIA, June 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada's Environment Minister and
Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Peter Kent today
accepted the Canadian Wildlife Federation Past Presidents' Canadian
Legislator Award for his leadership in establishing a Canadian first -
the Rouge National Urban Park. The award was handed out at the Canadian
Wildlife Federation's awards banquet in Victoria.
"I would like to thank the Canadian Wildlife Federation for their
recognition of our conservation leadership in protecting Canada's
natural treasures and providing unique opportunities for Canadians to
connect with nature not only today, but well into the future," said
Minister Kent. "Our Government is as committed as ever to our ongoing
leadership in conservation, which is vital to ensuring the protection
of our nation's diverse environment."
Since 2006, the Government of Canada has added almost 50,000 sq km to
Parks Canada's network of protected areas, and made commitments that
will result in the addition of another 100,000 sq km, a 54 percent
increase. This includes the six-fold expansion of Nahanni National Park
Reserve and the creation of the Gwaii Haanas National Marine
Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site. The Government has
also tabled in Parliament Bill S-15 for the purpose of protecting Sable
Island as Canada's 43rd national park under the Canada National Parks Act.
The Government of Canada announced, as part of Budget 2012, the creation
of Rouge National Urban Park and committed $143.7M over ten years for
park development and interim operations, and $7.6 million annually
thereafter for continuing operations.
The Government of Canada, through Parks Canada is excited with this
opportunity to establish Rouge National Urban Park as a place where
nature, culture and agriculture can all be protected, appreciated,
experienced and supported by Canadians. With 20 percent of the
country's population residing within 100 km of the park, this "Canadian
first" offers an unparalleled opportunity to expose a large number of
Canadians to their natural and cultural heritage.
The Past Presidents' Canadian Legislator Award was established in 1988
by the past presidents of the Canadian Wildlife Federation. This award
is presented annually to an elected legislator in recognition of a
significant contribution toward the conservation of wildlife in Canada.
SOURCE: Parks Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of the Environment