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The NDP is once again demonstrating that their party’s environmental agenda is the best fit for CUPE members.

Yesterday, NDP Leader Jack Layton called for a new federal Clean Water Act to establish national standards and protection for drinking water, including those jurisdictions under federal control.

Such legislation would include standards for solid waste disposal, dump management, mine site operations and rehabilitation, forestry and farming practices, and pesticide use.

The NDP would also provide funding for badly needed improvements to public sewer and water systems under an infrastructure-financing program.

All of this would make a real difference in water quality, benefit CUPE workers and their communities. Keeping municipal infrastructure and services local and public is a top priority of Canada’s largest union.

Speaking in Montreal yesterday, Layton also slammed the Liberals for letting greenhouse gas emissions rise a whopping 24 per cent after promising to cut them by 20 per cent.