Catherine MCKENNA

MCKENNA, The Hon. Catherine Mary, P.C.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Ottawa Centre (Ontario)
Birth Date
August 5, 1971
Website
http://catherinemckennamp.ca
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=cee27afa-cdf8-4e99-ab22-22290f86aa3a&Language=E&Section=ALL
Email Address
Catherine.McKenna@parl.gc.ca
Profession
executive director, lawyer, negotiator, teacher

Parliamentary Career

October 19, 2015 -
LIB
  Ottawa Centre (Ontario)
  • Minister of Environment and Climate Change (November 4, 2015 - )

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 146)


June 19, 2019

Hon. Catherine McKenna (Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), and in accordance with Motion No. 104 put forth by my colleague, the hon. member for Ottawa South, and adopted by this House on May 3, 2017, I have the honour to table, in both official languages, a report on the long-term sustainability and management of the Ottawa River watershed, entitled “A study of governance, existing data, potential indicators and values in the Ottawa River Watershed”.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Ottawa River Watershed
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June 18, 2019

Hon. Catherine McKenna (Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I am always pleased to stand and say how hard we are working to protect the environment and tackle climate change.

Yes, yesterday, we had a vote on the climate emergency motion. The Conservatives voted against it. I am pleased that the NDP voted for it, but why are they not in favour of the project supported by B.C. NDP? I am speaking of the LNG project, which creates thousands of jobs and is growing our economy. We are—

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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June 18, 2019

Hon. Catherine McKenna (Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, when we were elected, we said we would bring in better rules for reviewing major projects.

The Conservatives' plan under Stephen Harper was a disaster. The Conservatives did not listen to indigenous peoples and did not want any environmental protections. They did not even want to listen to people who expressed concerns about projects.

That is not how good projects move forward. We must protect the environment and listen to indigenous peoples—

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Natural Resources
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June 18, 2019

Hon. Catherine McKenna (Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, Stephen Harper's failed system gutted environmental assessments. He rammed through a new process, without any consultation, through an omnibus budget bill.

What did that get us? It got us more polarization. It got us fights across the country. What did it not get us? Good projects were not able to go ahead in a timely way.

We built better rules that will ensure that we listen to indigenous peoples, that we protect the environment, that we listen to the concerns of Canadians. Yes, they will ensure that good projects are built in a timely way, because we have $500 billion of economic opportunity—

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Natural Resources
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June 18, 2019

Hon. Catherine McKenna (Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, we do not believe in symbolism; we believe in action.

That is why we have phased out coal and we are ensuring a just transition for communities. That is why we are making historic investments in public transportation, so people can get around faster, greener, cheaper. That is why we are investing in innovation and companies across the country that are providing the solutions we need and the world desperately needs. That is why we brought in Bill C-69, better rules to protect the environment.

Unfortunately, we have a Conservative Party that does not believe that we need to protect the environment, that we need to—

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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