Mr. Speaker, World Water Day is a welcome reminder that water is vital to human health and to the health of our natural ecosystems.
Water is also fundamental to the economy. From the earliest days of the agricultural and industrial revolutions to today’s digital age, water is a staple input in the production process.
We all recognize and understand water’s all-encompassing role in our lives.
However, our challenge remains to harmonize the policies of all the different jurisdictions, such as the watershed areas, municipalities, provinces, First Nations, the federal government and the international community, which govern and influence the use, protection and conservation of our drinking water resources.
On this World Water Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to making water a public policy priority, especially for the sake of those who are without the clean water they need to lead healthy and prosperous lives, and for future generations who will be living in a water-stressed world.