Groups protest proposed environment spending cuts
A number of organizations are warning that proposed cuts by the federal government to environment-related spending will have a detrimental effect on the country's freshwater.
"The departure of dozens of scientists and technicians could hamper Canada's ability to protect our water supplies across the country," reads an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper that was posted on the website of the Council of Canadians.
The letter, signed by nearly 50 organizations, including the Council of Canadians, Sierra Club Canada and Canadian Union of Public Employees, cited $1.6 billion in overall cuts related to the environment, $222 million in reductions specifically at Environment Canada and the elimination of 1,211 jobs.
The letter's numbers appear to be based on proposed cuts released from the Treasury Board earlier this year before the recent federal election and budget.
As well, they are based on a projection from Kevin Page, the parliamentary budget officer, last month that 1,211 job cuts would be needed to achieve the savings targeted by the Conservative government.
There was no immediate response from the Treasury Board on the current accuracy of the numbers cited in the letter to Harper.