Trudeau vows $1B over next decade to restore Canada’s big lakes and river systems

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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau pledged Monday to spend $1 billion over a decade to protect and restore Canada’s big lakes and river systems, as he again sought to paint a stark contrast between his party’s environmental record and that of the Conservatives. A re-elected Liberal government would also build on its budget commitments by fully funding the creation of a new Canada Water Agency to co-ordinate freshwater initiatives, with a launch set for next year, Trudeau said. The 2021 budget allocated $17.4 million over two years to begin work in preparation of the agency’s launch and in establishing the scope of its mandate. Trudeau made the announcement in Granby, Que., a day after unveiling his party’s first major climate change promise of the campaign.

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