Mr. Speaker, I rise today on the second anniversary of our government’s historic $1.5-billion oceans protection plan.
Since 2016, the plan has made clear and measurable progress to keep our oceans clean, safe and healthy.
We have taken bold action to protect our whales. We have invested millions of dollars to ensure that the courageous men and women of the Coast Guard have the tools they need to keep Canadians safe at sea.
We brought the regulations around shipping and marine safety into the 21st century, and we have invested millions more in environmental protections and cutting-edge research to ensure our actions are backed by sound science.
These achievements in no way signify an end to our government’s commitment to protecting Canadian waters, Canadian marine wildlife and the Canadian livelihoods that depend on both.
We owe it to our children and to our grandchildren to ensure that they experience the wonders of our oceans first-hand and not through the history books.