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Speaking Notes for

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, MP

Minister of the Environment

Tour of Environment Canada’s

Ontario Storm Prediction Centre

Toronto, Ontario

August 15, 2013

Good afternoon everyone.

Thank you for joining me today on what has been a very interesting tour. 

And a special thanks to David and your team for taking the time to demonstrate to me the vital role this centre plays in public safety. With the severe weather season this summer, still ongoing, it is fitting to begin here at Environment Canada’s Ontario Storm Prediction Centre.

This centre provides globally respected weather services and world leading scientific expertise and technology.  I am pleased to meet this team of highly skilled and dedicated staff serving Canadians here and across the country.

These past few weeks have been quite exciting. As the new Environment Minister I am honoured to have the opportunity to serve Canadians through the important and vital work at Environment Canada, Parks Canada and the Environmental Assessment Agency.

Canada is blessed with tremendous natural beauty and environmental wealth.  As I have said many times, I come from a culture whose relationship with the land and water is an important part of our identity and everyday lives.  For example, we still rely on wildlife in the north to feed our families and so it is essential that we safeguard the quality of our air, water and natural environment. It is through this lens that I will be guided in my new role for Canadians coast to coast to coast.

It’s my intention to work with our partners both here in Canada and in the international community to ensure that we protect and preserve our environment.

Through the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, I am keen to make sure our lands and waters are managed responsibly and with the greatest regard. 

Additionally, I will continue to build upon the proud legacy of Parks Canada.  We will continue to protect and present the precious natural and cultural treasures of Canada.

It is my goal to make sure our actions at Environment Canada are based on the most reliable research and information so that we can protect Canadians and our environment and create a bright future for generations to come.

Thank you again, and I’d be happy to take a few questions from the media.