Tory government gets failing grade on environment

OTTAWA – The federal government has received a failing grade in nine of 14 chapters produced in its environment watchdog’s latest status report released in the House of Commons today.

Although it was praised for its handling of an assessment of toxic chemicals and management of contamination on federal sites, the Harper government was chastized by environment and sustainable development commissioner Ron Thompson for showing unsatisfactory progress and weak leadership in several areas including water pollution in the Great Lakes, endangered species, federal operations and Canada’s international commitments. All of the issues were raised in previous audits from the commissioner’s office which answers to the auditor general.

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