SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Three words in the Throne Speech caught the attention of a local politician Wednesday, the Canada Water Agency.
A followup tweet by Corey Gardi wondered if it could be placed here in Sault Ste. Marie.
Federal Government just announced they will be establishing a new Canada Water Agency. Why not establish it right here in @CitySSM in the middle of the #GreatLakes @TerrySheehanMP @CanadianPM @MayorProvenzano #CleanWater #saultnews @JonathanWNV
— Corey Gardi (@coreygardi) September 23, 2020
“There is no more precious natural resource than freshwater. I think it is a great initiative, establishing a new Canada Water Agency, by the Federal Government,” said Gardi in an email to Sault Online. “I believe an agency whose mandate would be the preservation and protection of water would be ideally located right here in Sault Ste. Marie, in the middle of the Great Lakes. This agency could develop strong relationships with other agencies and institutions in town including The Invasive Species Centre, The Great Lakes Forestry Research Centre, OFRI, Algoma University and Sault College.”
According to Terry Sheehan our local member of Parliament, the proposed agency will present an incredible chance for greater collaboration in Canada.
It will be designed to protect and manage our freshwater resource and its sustainability.
“I am very happy to see this commitment in the speech from the throne,” said Sheehan. “Climate change is already causing various water challenges for Canadians from coast to coast to coast. We’re seeing lakes fill with toxic algae. And we’re facing flooding and drought. Freshwater management in Canada is complex, and a shared responsibility between federal, provincial, and territorial governments and Indigenous peoples.”
Right now over twenty different federal agencies have some say in how freshwater is managed.
Sheehan says there are examples of successful collaboration between federal, provincial and territorial governments that still exist today.
He points to the Canada-Ontario Great Lakes Agreement, the Canada-Quebec Saint Lawrence Agreement and the Canada-Manitoba Memorandum of Understanding Respecting Lake Winnipeg and the Lake Winnipeg Basin.
There is no proposed budget or any motion in front of Parliament for this organization to be formed.
Currently, it’s just three words in a speech, three words one councillor hopes will end up with investment in our community.