Mr. Brian L. Gardiner (Prince George -Bulkley Valley):
Madam Speaker, concerns have arisen about the Minister of the Environment and his performance in office. Under legislation that creates the Department of the Environment, the minister is given responsibility to promote and encourage practices and conduct that lead to the preservation and enhancement of environmental quality.
Where was the minister when cabinet acted to accept the Kemano project, an action recently declared illegal by a Senate-Commons committee? Where is the minister on other pressing environmental concerns addressed at Rio a year ago?
I agree that the minister should come under closer scrutiny, closer scrutiny for failing to protect our precious environmental resources, in particular our water resources.
Subtopic: MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT