The Budget – Financial Statement of Minister of Finance

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, to cast some light on what was said earlier by my friend from Mississauga South, one must remember that in the 2012 budget, Parks Canada was cut by 10%. That has been a significant, really deep, and devastating cut to Parks Canada’s capacity. All the scientific work in Parks Canada has ended because all the scientists have been laid off.

One of the consequences of these deep cuts across Canada has been that Parks Canada’s infrastructure is crumbling. The money in the budget for Parks Canada, which I am glad to see, it is not to protect national parks but to protect Canadians who are trying to drive through national parks. It is to repair the roads, the bridges, and existing dams. There is nothing new in the budget to repair the damage done to Parks Canada in previous budgets.