Statement by Members – Environment Week

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to wish everyone a happy Environment Week.


This is, indeed, Environment Week in Canada. Since 1985, there has been a requirement by statute for the Government of Canada to uphold and respect the first week in June encompassing World Environment Day, which was yesterday, and World Oceans Day, which is coming up.

Initially, former prime minister Brian Mulroney ensured that there was a million dollars in funding distributed to environment groups across the country to ensure Environment Week was noticed. Initially, there were actions by government at all levels: announcements, new parks, new efforts to protect the environment. So far, all I can find to mark Environment Week this year is a press release on the Environment Canada website. Perhaps it misread the name of the act and thought it was “Environment W-E-A-K”. That would explain the action so far.