October 21, 2017 was an exciting day for Markham-Stouffville and for all Canadians. It marked the transfer of 22.8 km2 of land from the Government of Ontario to Parks Canada to help complete Rouge National Urban Park.
I was honoured to be at the official ceremony with my colleague, Gary Anandasangaree, Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Rouge Park, to make the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada. We were alongside our Province of Ontario colleague, the Honourable Brad Duguid, Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development and Growth, who attended on behalf of the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure.
I am pleased that ecological integrity has been identified as the first priority in managing Rouge National Urban Park while providing long-term certainty for the park’s farmers. Today, we are one step closer to a complete Rouge National Urban Park, which stretches from Lake Ontario to the Oak Ridges Moraine. This major step in conservation is an example of what can be accomplished when governments, Indigenous Peoples, farmers, conservationists, and community leaders and groups work together towards a shared vision.
To learn more about this announcement and the Rouge National Urban Park, click here.