The federal Budget plan mentions
"environment" 74 times, but very few of those references
relate to climate change, contamination, air, soil or water. The
"environment" that the Budget focuses on is the economic
one, such as:
an environment in which businesses can grow and
Canada's business environment"
branding Canada as a premier destination for business
secure the low-tax environment"
an environment in which companies can plan ahead, positioning
themselves to compete for defence contracts".
The budget also allows pipelines to deduct monies they put aside
for future cleanup costs, in a qualified environmental
The page that does deal with the natural environment
Investing almost $870 million over two years for Canada's
Clean Air Agenda, including
$252 million to support regulatory activities to address climate
change and air quality.
$86 million to support clean energy regulatory actions, focusing
on energy efficiency.
$48 million to develop transportation sector regulations and
next-generation clean transportation initiatives.
$58millionforprojectstoimproveourunderstanding of climate change
$25 million to advance Canada's engagement in international
negotiations and support the Canada-United States Clean Energy
$400 million in 2011–12 for the ecoENERGY Retrofit
– Homes program to help homeowners make their homes more
energy efficient and reduce the burden of high energy costs.
Further details regarding this program will be announced in the
Providing $5.5 million over five years to Parks Canada to
establish the Mealy Mountains National Park in Labrador.
Continuing action to systematically assess, remediate and
monitor federal contaminated sites.
Renewing the Chemicals Management Plan with almost $200 million
over two years to assess and manage the risk of harmful
Providing Environment Canada with $27 million over two years to
improve Canada's weather services.
Reserves will also get some much needed money to repair their
fuel tanks, which often leak, contaminating drinking water.
On the other hand, we have heard that cuts are planned to other
parts of Environment Canada's budget, paralleling the major
cuts proposed for the US Environmental Protection Agency.The text
of the budget does not explain where these cuts will be made. There
is nothing for renewable energy. And environmental NGOs could also
be affected by the tightened rules on donations to charities.
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