Conservatives Commit to Taking Action on Lake Winnipeg Algae Blooms
October 7, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Winnipeg, MB – James Bezan, Conservative candidate in Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman, and Lawrence Toet, Conservative candidate in Elmwood-Transcona, highlighted the Conservative Party of Canada’s plan to take action on lowering algae blooms in Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba.
“After four years of Liberal neglect under Prime Minister Trudeau, the Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba basin algae problems risk blooming into a full-on crisis,” said Bezan. “Conservatives unveiled a Real Plan to Protect the Environment that will get serious about pollution. Andrew Scheer has been clear, our lakes and waterways should never be used as a toxic dumping ground.”
The Lake Winnipeg foundation has identified that excess phosphorous is causing potentially toxic algae blooms in Lake Winnipeg. In order to ensure that the Lake’s health can be maintained, phosphorous levels must be reduced and one of the main ways to do that is to stop the dumping of raw sewage.
“Our Conservative record on clean water and waste management is strong and is getting even stronger under Andrew Scheer,” said Lawrence Toet. “As the Member of Parliament for Elmwood-Transcona I will work with the federal government and municipalities to end dumping into our waterways and implement a plan to reduce nutrient levels and improve water quality in Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba.”
Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba are essential for a number economic industries including tourism, fishery, and agriculture. We must support these vital economic sectors by cleaning up Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba by putting an end to the dumping of raw sewage.