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Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006



Department: Environment
David Anderson
Anderson at a glance:
• MP for Victoria in B.C.
• Appointed environment minister in 1999
• Previous cabinet appointments include Minister of National Revenue, Transport and Fisheries and Oceans.

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Minister in charge: David Anderson

What happened: Budget contained nothing over and above the $425-million the Liberals had already allocated to reduce greenhouse gases. Monday's budget did, however, double to $125-million the spending under the Green Municipal Enabling Fund and the Green Municipal Investment Fund.

Financial details: After years of being accused of neglecting the environment, Ottawa announced $700-million in new spending over four years in its last budget. That included a number of new research funds and $90-million over three years to protect endangered species. In total, the government said it committed $4-billion over four years for what it called leading edge research to develop new environmental technologies and improve provincial and municipal infrastructure. Heading into the last election, the Liberals - in the red book - reaffirmed a commitment to spend $500-million over five years to combat global warming.

Responsibilities: Environment Canada's stated mandate is to preserve and enhance the quality of the natural environment, including water, air and soil quality.

What to expect: Concerns related to the environment - particularly the integrity of the country's water supply - had been front and centre in the minds of many Canadians following the tainted water scandal in Walkerton, Ont. But, recent events have - to a degree - pushed the environment onto the backburner and those issues will likely have to vie with other areas for funds from a smaller pot.

Critics:
Canadian Alliance: Robert Mills
Bloc Québécois: Bernard Bigras
New Democratic Party: Joe Comartin
PC/DR Coalition: John Herron


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