Canada needs an independent Water Agency

Speaker: Ms. May
Time: 20/10/2022 15:09:32
Context: Question

Ms. Elizabeth May (Saanich—Gulf Islands, GP): Mr. Speaker, “establish and fully fund a Canada water agency in 2022” and “modernize the 50-year-old Canada Water Act” are quotes are from the Liberal platform. A fully independent and integrated Canada water agency is urgently needed. We lack the scientific capacity to monitor water quality and quantity, to predict impacts and to protect safe water. The climate crisis is a water crisis. No more announcements; it is time to create the Canada water agency.

Will the minister update us as to plans to have that done in 2022?

Hon. Steven Guilbeault (Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, I thank my hon. colleague for her question. We are, in fact, working to create an independent water agency for Canada. We need more information on better water management in Canada. Despite the fact that we have a lot of water in Canada, it is also under threat because of climate change. We are working on this and we will have good news to announce to this House in the coming weeks.