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Audit finds ‘wide gap’ between federal conservation talk, action

November 5, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Global News

OTTAWA – A massive audit of federal conservation policies paints a picture of neglect and disinterest when it comes to Canada’s natural heritage.

The nine-chapter study by Neil Maxwell, the commissioner of the environment and sustainable development of Canada, repeatedly points to a lack of strategies, plans and resources required to maintain or improve everything from basic biodiversity and species at risk to Canada’s national parks.

“I see a wide gap between the government’s commitments and the results achieved,” Maxwell writes in the preface to the report.

The commissioner’s talk-versus-action concern was graphically illustrated shortly after the audits were tabled Tuesday morning in the House of Commons, when Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq issued a response that ignored the report’s clear thrust.

“As an Arctic nation with rich and unique biodiversity truly distinct to the North, Canada continues to strengthen its environmental protection and conservation, leading to healthy ecosystems that will…

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