LIBERALS MUST MAKE ACCESS TO SAFE DRINKING WATER A PRIORITY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 12, 2016

 

LIBERALS MUST MAKE ACCESS TO SAFE DRINKING WATER A PRIORITY

OTTAWA – While the federal government invests in infrastructure projects across the country, many communities, including Angliers in the Témicamingue region, have no access to safe drinking water or are under boil water advisories.

“These small communities, surrounded by water, have tried unsuccessfully to get their own water treatment plant for years. In the end, they gave up hope,” says NDP Rural Affairs Critic Christine Moore (Abitibi-Témiscamingue). “Having access to safe drinking water is a fundamental right. This government should be doing all it can to make sure that drinking water does not pose a health hazard.”

According to the Council of Canadians, as of January 2015, 1838 communities, including 126 First Nation communities, were still under boil water or avoidance advisories.

The NDP committed to introducing a Safe Drinking Water Act during the 2015 election campaign. New Democrats believe it is important to support provinces and municipalities in their efforts to keep the drinking water of all Canadians safe, particularly those living in Indigenous communities.

“Its high time the government prioritizes access to safe drinking water for all Canadians and invest in drinking water infrastructure,” added Christine Moore.

 

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