Ottawa, Ont. – Today, the Governor General will open a new session of Parliament with the Speech from the Throne. The speech will set the agenda for the parliamentary session and lay the groundwork for the COVID-19 recovery plan.

The federal government has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build back better and create the foundation for a more sustainable relationship with our planet, and a healthier future for all of us. Over the summer, huge numbers of people across the country have been calling for a just and green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Speech from the Throne will be a clear moment for the government to signal its commitment to a green recovery.

WHAT:  Interview opportunities on the Speech from the Throne and what it means for a just and green recovery plan

When: Wednesday, September 23, starting following the Throne Speech

WHO: Environmental Defence expert spokespeople available to comment on climate change, plastic pollution, toxic pollution, ending fossil fuel subsidies, urban infrastructure and transit, and Great Lakes water quality.

WHERE: Toronto and Ottawa

About ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE (www.environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is a leading Canadian advocacy organization that works with government, industry and individuals to defend clean water, a safe climate and healthy communities.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Barbara Hayes, Environmental Defence, bhayes@environmentaldefence.ca