We are very anxious for economic development, Mr. Speaker, but not at any cost. We see more and more every day how important the environment is to our health and well-being. The emergency debate last week discussed the devastating effects of the Valdez oil spill. We have all heard scientific reports about the greenhouse effect, the ozone layer and acid rain.
The people of Red Deer value the richness and the beauty of the land. This riding is a showcase for the very best that Alberta has to offer. We have the Rocky Mountains and a portion of Banff National Park in the West. We go from there to the ranch lands and the foothills which give way to the lush farmlands in scenic Red Deer River Valley in the east. The people of Red Deer exemplify what the Governor General was referring to when she said in the Throne Speech:
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Canadians possess a unique sense of their relationship to the land, a
land whose vast, rich diversity has shaped their values and
It is because people of Red Deer value and respect our natural resources, Mr. Speaker, that they applaud the Government's commitment to the environment. The Throne Speech makes it abundantly clear that this Government is fully committed to the principle of sustainable development as articulated in the Brund-tland Commission. We can have economic growth, and we can protect our environment.
This is a concern that we are facing right now in my riding. I mentioned the Caroline area gas development group. This project has raised some serious questions about the effect of the industry on the environment and on our life-style. A very good dialogue has been established between the developers and the residents in the Caroline-Rocky Mountain House corridor. The developers have met with local land owners and concerned groups. They have established a local advisory council. I am confident that this consultative process will continue.
Having been the mayor of a small town for the last 11 years, I know first-hand the difficulties that municipalities have faced with regard to waste management. There is an accepted need for better handling of all our wastes.
I want to salute the initiative taken by the Government of Alberta with respect to hazardous materials. It has established, developed and is operating a special waste management facility at Swan Hills, where hazardous wastes can be safely disposed of in an environmentally conscious manner.
We realize the world is facing an environmental challenge. It is a challenge that goes beyond municipal, provincial and federal levels. It is international. Pollution obeys no borders. All of us must be concerned. Everyone must be involved.
There are many challenges ahead of us. Like the people of my constituency, I am not afraid of challenges, I like them. Our challenge is to make this remarkable country an even better place to leave to our children. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the House in contributing toward that goal.
April 13, 1989
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Topic: GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic: SPEECH FROM THE THRONE