SYC letter to Minister Kent re: RCEN funding cuts

The following is a letter that our National Director has sent to environment minister Peter Kent regarding cuts to the Canadian Environmental Network. 
Hon. Peter Kent
Minister of the Environment
401 Confederation Building
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A6


Dear Minister Kent:

The Sierra Youth Coalition (SYC) is frustrated and disappointed that the federal government has terminated its thirty-four year old contribution agreement with the Canadian Environmental Network. SYC, as a member of the network, urges a reversal of this decision, without delay, in order to restore this vital link between those concerned about the environment and our policymakers.

The Canadian Environmental Network, a coalition of over 640 diverse organizations from across Canada, is an effective medium through which concerned individuals and organizations have provided key input into the environmental policies and legislation of the Government of Canada. The loss of the Network represents a loss of democratic inclusion, accessibility and process. The notion that web-based consultations available across the thousands of diverse government web pages can replace the Network is ill-conceived. It will do nothing more than ensure that that information is no longer accessible and will become lost in the shuffle.

The Sierra Youth Coalition, serving as the youth arm of the Sierra Club Canada, is a proud member of the Canadian Environmental Network. We stand with fellow members in supporting the work of the network and the federal government’s continued funding of this important Canadian institution. We urge you, Minister Kent, to reverse your decision and restore funding to the Canadian Environmental Network and to utilize the feedback and input of the thousands of Canadians represented by member organizations in order to establish effective environmental policies in Canada.






Mark Hanlon
National Director, Sierra Youth Coalition



Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada

Honourable Nycole Turmel, Interim Leader of the Official Opposition

Honourable Bob Rae, Interim Leader, Liberal Party of Canada

Elizabeth May, Leader, Green Party of Canada

Megan Leslie, Environment Critic, NDP Party of Canada

Kirsty Duncan, Environment Critic, Liberal Party of Canada

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