Over the past year, CPAWS and Canadians across the country have been speaking out against the federal budget cuts that have severely gutted Parks Canada’s ability to protect our national parks and provide services to Canadians. With the next federal budget expected soon, your help is needed to demand that the federal government re-invest in our national parks and marine protected areas.
Thanks to last year’s cuts, over 600 Parks Canada staff have been let go, the Agency’s world-renowned conservation science program has been gutted, services have been cut, and many parks have been closed down for the winter. All to save less than $1 per Canadian per year!
The environmental benefits provided by our national parks are well-recognized, but did you know that they are also economic engines? A recent government study found that national parks generate more than $5 for the Canadian economy for every federal dollar invested. Not only that, but our national parks support 33,000 full time jobs across Canada, and marine protected areas provide significant economic benefits by nurturing fish stocks and supporting nature-based tourism.
As the federal government struggles to tackle budget deficits, investments in national parks and marine protected areas provide a true win-win opportunity to protect our natural environment AND support Canada’s economy. That’s why CPAWS and other member groups of the Green Budget Coalition are recommending that the federal government re-invest in national parks and marine protected areas in the upcoming 2013 federal budget. Our detailed recommendations can be seen here.
Please take a moment NOW to send a message to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, asking that the federal government invest in our national parks and marine protected areas in the upcoming federal budget.
Points you could include in your letter:
You can simply cut and paste these points into the box below or you can compose your own letter. Either way, including a personal anecdote about why this issue is important to you will make your letter much more powerful. You can also send a copy to your local MP – find their contact information here.