Mr. Speaker, in the last election, Conservatives made a commitment to establish a new national park in the Golden Horseshoe. We reinforced that commitment in the Speech from the Throne and in the budget. This government is delivering on that commitment.
Several weeks ago, the government announced more than $140 million in funding over the next 10 years to establish Rouge National Urban Park and over $7 million a year in annual operating funding.
This new national park has generated a lot of excitement and the public will soon have an opportunity to provide their input through public consultations.
This new national park will be accessible to the more than eight million Canadians who live in the Golden Horseshoe. It will be a wonderful opportunity for Canadians, especially new Canadians, to get acquainted with the great outdoors and to connect, many for the first time, with Canada's national park system.
This new national park, along with the fact that in the last six years more space has been added to our national park system than in any previous period, shows this government's commitment to Canada's national parks.