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Response to December 2011 Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development

OTTAWA, Ont. -- December 13, 2011 -- Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, issued the following statement in response to the tabling of the December 2011 report from the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development (CESD).

“Our Government is committed to scientific excellence. We are pleased that the Commissioner acknowledges the good systems and practices we have to ensure the quality of our science.

“In addition, the Government of Canada takes seriously its responsibility to effectively and efficiently monitor the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land on which we live. We will ensure that federal environmental monitoring systems take advantage of the best available science and the most appropriate and cost-effective technology to deliver results for all Canadians.

“We are also continuing our strong and effective enforcement of Canada’s environmental and wildlife protection laws. During the period covered by this audit, the Government of Canada has made major financial investments to strengthen our enforcement actions and has conducted many investigations which have led to successful actions against violators. In addition, the new Environmental Enforcement Act toughens environmental enforcement by amending the fines, sentencing provisions, and enforcement tools of Acts.

“Our Government places a high-value on the safe and secure transportation of materials. We are proud of our record on the shipment of dangerous products, as 99.9 percent reach their destination without incident. We have already begun work to address the findings in this report, including a national risk-based inspection planning process which will create a harmonized and consistent framework throughout Canada.

“Canadians gave us a strong mandate to deliver on our priorities and this latest CESD report will help to inform our ongoing efforts to address environmental issues that matter most to Canadians.

 “I want to assure Canadians that our Government will continue to work towards creating an environment that is clean, safe, and sustainable, while maintaining economic growth.”

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