For immediate release:  March 22, 2011
March 2011 Federal Budget Statement by Dr. Rick Smith, Executive Director, Environmental Defence:
“We applaud the decision to renew funding for the Chemicals Management Plan and the home retrofit program. This money will help ensure that Canadians are protected from the risks of dangerous chemicals in everyday products. The Chemicals Management Plan is a real success story. The home retrofit program allows homeowners to save money while tackling global warming, and it creates good jobs right across the country.
We are also encouraged to see funding for clean air regulations, but it remains unclear how much of this funding will go towards regulating large global warming polluters. Given that Canadian officials have been assuring other countries that better management of polluters is coming, it is critical that regulations for large polluters like the tar sands industry get enacted this year.
Finally, while the US has made significant, long-term investments to protect and restore the Great Lakes that create jobs and protect important industries that rely on the ecosystem, Canada continues to drop the ball. This budget did not deliver Canada’s share for joint work with the US, turning Canada into a freeloader when it comes to protecting the Great Lakes.”
From the budget:
– Close to $200 million over 2 years for renewal of the Chemical Management Plan
– $400 million this year for eco-ENERGY retrofit program
– $252 million over 2 years for regulatory activity for clean air (unclear how much to be spent on global warming regulations)
– $5 million over 2 years for Great Lakes protection
For more information, or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Stephanie Kohls, Environmental Defence, (416) 323-9521 ext. 232; (647) 280-9521 (cell)