In recognition of the United Nations’ World Water Day, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Québec Premier Philippe Couillard released the following statement:
“Water is one of the most valuable resources on our planet and the Great Lakes represent close to 20 per cent of the world’s surface fresh water. As the world’s largest freshwater system, the Great Lakes, taken together with the St. Lawrence River basin, support more than half of Canada’s population. The Great Lakes also support hundreds of thousands of jobs across the region and contribute to tourism.
Protecting our environment and maintaining clean water and healthy aquatic ecosystems is essential to our quality of life and to economic prosperity now and in the future. Ontario and Québec have a long-standing commitment to ensuring the environmental health of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River basin while creating economic opportunities in an innovative and sustainable way.
Ontario and Québec will work with neighbouring U.S. states through the Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers and with other governments of Canada and the United States to find solutions to common challenges that affect businesses, communities and people in the region. Our successful collaboration to date has led to increased water protection and environmental clean-up initiatives, and continued economic growth.
As stewards of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Region, Ontario and Québec will continue to work jointly, and with all partners on both sides of the border, to ensure that future generations can enjoy and benefit from the Great Lakes water supply and ecosystem.”