“We wish Minister Jim Prentice well in his new role, and thank him for his public service. His legacy as Environment Minister is a mixed one. He led exceptional progress on protected areas, toxics issues, and water quality for First Nations, but also participated in his government’s refusal to rein in Canada’s fastest growing source of global warming pollution in the tar sands. We hoped that the tide was starting to turn in recent weeks with good decisions in striking a panel to investigate tar sands water monitoring and in turning down a mine that would have turned a lake into a tailings pond. It is critical that the Prime Minister replace Mr. Prentice with a minister who has the mandate to continue in this vein,” said Dr. Rick Smith, Executive Director of Environmental Defence.