NDP ANNOUNCES ITS ENVIRONMENTAL PARTNERSHIP AGENDA

NORTH RUSTICO, PE – NDP Leader Mike Redmond announced his party’s ambitious Environmental Partnership Agenda today.

“I got into politics to make a difference and make this a better place for our kids to live in,” said Redmond. “Our Environmental Partnership Agenda is a practical plan to work in cooperation with communities and stakeholders to achieve that important goal.”

The NDP’s Environmental Partnership Agenda will take a cooperative approach in working with municipal governments, farmers, landowners, and community-based environmental organizations such as watershed groups to:

// Establish an Annual State of the Environment Report with measurable targets for improvements in the protection and preservation of the Island’s environmental integrity.

// Protect our water by introducing a new Water Act developed in consultations with industry and communities to protect the quality and quantity of the water supply; maintaining the moratorium on deepwater wells; and doubling the core funding to watershed organizations.

// Working with Island farmers to continue their 100 years of sustainable land stewardship and providing financial incentives for ecological goods and services; doubling the core funding to the Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS).

New Democrats will also establish an Environmental Jobs Program and an Environmental Partners Fund at $1 million phased in over three years to create green-collar jobs and support community-based sustainability projects.

“Islanders deserve better than Liberal and Conservative governments that have failed to bring our communities together around a vision for sustainability,” said Redmond. “In this election, with a full slate of NDP candidates, every Islander has the choice to vote for a clean government and a clean environment.”

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For more information, please contact:
Kia Najafi, Campaign Director, 902-940-4842 or Kiavash.Najafi@gmail.com