Mr. Stan Darling (Parry Sound-Muskoka):
Mr. Speaker, President Reagan, in his State of the Union speech, Wednesday evening, announced a proposal to allocate funds of almost $55 million for acid rain research projects. How disappointing! The Reagan administration is still foot dragging and continues to rule out a program to curb the pollution that causes acid rain.
What is needed is not more research, though that is welcome, but actual programs to carry out the clean-up. It has become evident that the President's re-election schedule is far more important than acid rain. This is a token attempt, and was only outlined because the Democratic presidential candidates have taken a strong stand on what they would do in respect of acid rain. It is not enough.
Subtopic: ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic: DISAPPOINTMENT EXPRESSED WITH UNITED STATES PROPOSAL TO CONDUCT FURTHER ACID RAIN RESEARCH