Ecojustice Blog – Special Update Posted on October 22, 2015 (updated: March 29, 2017)

The election is over, now the real work begins

Devon PageLawyer
Parliament Building by Dennis Jarvis via Flickr
Parliament Building by Dennis Jarvis via Flickr

Over our 25 year history, Ecojustice has gone to court to hold governments of all political stripes to account.

As Canada’s only national environmental law charity, we rely on the country’s environmental laws to do our job. In my time as Executive Director, we have seen an unprecedented erosion of those laws.  I am proud of everything we have achieved in spite of this systematic blunting of our tools, but to effectively address the imminent environmental threats we are facing, we need stronger laws.

Canadians have spoken. We’ve got a new crop of legislators on Parliament Hill and a governing party that has promised to conduct a wholesale review of changes to our environmental laws, to restore lost protections, and to incorporate more modern environmental safeguards. With that promise comes new opportunities, not just to regain lost ground, but to create world-class environmental laws that will protect people and the planet today and for generations to come.

Now comes the hard work of turning those opportunities into a reality.

With the support of our partners in the environmental sector and people like you, we will make sure the incoming government upholds its opposition to the Northern Gateway Pipeline and its election promise to modernize and rebuild trust in the National Energy Board.  And, we won’t shy away from going to court to fight other risky pipeline projects.

The Liberal Party of Canada has also pledged to invest in clean technology and to bring together provincial leaders within 90 days of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris to work on a collaborative plan to address this global threat.  We will press legislators to move quickly to introduce tangible, enforceable measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to show leadership on this issue on the world stage.

The new federal government has pledged to protect our abundant natural assets. We will hold them to that promise and, after a decade of foot-dragging by the federal government, we will press for full implementation of legislation meant to protect endangered species and the wild spaces they rely on.

Near the end of the campaign, Canada’s incoming Prime Minister vowed to end boil-water advisories in First Nations communities within the next five years. Ecojustice will join our allies in ensuring that the new government delivers on that promise.  And, in keeping with the spirit of “real change” evoked during the election campaign, we will press the incoming government to aim even higher and guarantee every person in Canada the right to a healthy environment, including the human right to water and sanitation.

Canadians have voted for change, and we are going to work hard to make sure we get it.

Together, we will build the case for a better earth.

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Photo of Parliament Building by Dennis Jarvis via Flickr

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