Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to celebrate Canadian Environment Week, which will end on June 8.
As members know, technological developments and globalization have triggered an increasing number of environmental problems. Unfortunately, the government seems to be putting more emphasis on exports and international trade than on the protection of our environment.
As former Quebec premier Pierre-Marc was reported as saying in an article published today in La Presse , “We must not isolate trade policies from social and environmental concerns”. This is the perspective in which we must work for the sustainable development of our planet.
It is my hope that this Environment Week will be an opportunity to work toward that goal. Promoting public transportation or creating new and less polluting fuels are excellent ways to promote a happy combination of the environment and the economy.
I thank all those who will take part in this Environment Week.