Protecting the environment has always been a core Conservative value. Our party was built by farmers, hunters, and anglers – people who respect and live off the very lands and waters we need to conserve.
We all want a green future for our children.
A future of clean air, pure water, where Canada’s beautiful, wild spaces are protected. A future where we create less waste and deal responsibly with the waste we do create.
That’s the future Canada’s Conservatives envision and will deliver for Canadians.
Canada’s Conservatives will take action to protect our environment.
Building Public Transit
We will immediately invest in projects that will put Canadians to work, cut commute times, and clean up the environment.
Conservatives have a proud history of being strong proponents of conservation and have a strong track record of creating parks and protecting critical habitats. In 2010, the previous Conservative government committed to conserving 17% of terrestrial lands through protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures. As of January 2020, Canada had reached 12%.
We remain committed to reaching this target and will seek to increase our goal to 25%. However, we willremain mindful that there is a signi cant risk in expressing our ambition strictly in terms of how mucharea is protected. If we focus solely on area, we will tend to favour the creation of large parks in remote areas and risk making it harder to protect our most endangered ecosystems, which predominantly lie in the southern working landscape.
Protecting the southern working landscape presents many challenges but brings many bene ts as well.Much of the land is already in productive use, making it harder and more expensive to set aside, butprotecting this land is essential: it can signi cantly bene t local communities and is important for things like ood and drought protection and carbon sequestration.
To conserve lands in all parts of Canada, including the southern working landscape, Conservatives will:
Working with Indigenous communities to expand the creation of Indigenous Protected andConserved Areas (IPCAs) managed and stewarded by Indigenous Guardians; andContinuing to develop parks and protected areas in all parts of Canada.
Support the completion of the Canadian Wetland Inventory;
Explore ways to protect wetlands on private lands; and
Provide funding for watershed protection, including restoring funding for the clean-up
of Lake Simcoe and maintaining funding for the Great Lakes in Ontario and Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba.
To clean up our waters and protect water quality, we will:
End Raw Sewage Dumping
To bring an end to the practice of dumping raw sewage into our lakes, rivers, and oceans, wewill work with provinces and territories and municipalities. Since taking of ce, Justin Trudeau
has failed to protect our waterways from pollution. In one of its rst acts, this governmentallowed Montreal to dump 8 billion litres of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River.
We will also tighten the rules on cruise ships in Canadian waters to align with Alaska’s rules and prevent sewage & gray water dumping.
Reinstate the Lake Simcoe Clean-Up Fund
To protect the vital natural resource that so many rely on and call home, we will reinstate the Lake Simcoe Clean-Up Fund.
Justin Trudeau cancelled the Lake Simcoe Clean-Up Fund in 2017. It funded over 200community-based projects that restored sh and wildlife populations, planted thousands ofnew trees, and reduced harmful sewage and waste dumping.
Tackle the Challenge of Plastic Waste
We can all agree that we need to reduce the use of single-use plastics, minimize how much plastic ends up discarded, and keep plastic out of our oceans.
The current government’s approach has been heavy on slogans but light on action. Declaring plastics “toxic” isn’t helping our environment but is driving jobs out of Canada. The last year has reminded us of the importance of domestic capacity to produce things like PPE. We need to ensure that we are manufacturing things here – in as environmentally friendly a way as possible – while responsibly taking care of any waste we produce.
Rather than showy bans or declarations, Canada’s Conservatives will focus on reducing the use of single-use plastics, ensuring that plastic products are produced in a more environmentally responsible way, promoting a circular economy, and ensuring that plastic waste is responsibly recycled and never ends up in the ocean.
Canada’s Conservatives will:
Conservatives will focus on the real problem and work with international partners to ensure
that Canada is making a meaningful contribution to practical solutions.
• Improve value recovery from plastics
We will work with provinces and territories to increase the recovery of clean energy products and other valuable by-products from existing plastics waste. Plastics waste is a problem, but it is also a potential resource. Technology will allow us to turn plastics – even non-recyclable plastics – into valuable products like chemicals and renewable fuels.
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