9 a.m., Sept. 24)
Orléans MP takes timeout to mark National Tree Day
By Fred Sherwin
MP Royal Galipeau took time off fom his election campaign
on Thursday to add yet another sapling to his impressive
total of more than 52,000 trees planted in his lifetime.
MP Royal Galipeau marked National Tree Day
on Wednesday by planting a tree at the Cardinal
Creek Childrens Park. Fred Sherwin/Photo
a day he was responsible for getting recognized by the
House of Commons, Galipeau marked National Tree Day by
planting a maple tree in the Cardinal Creek Children's
began planting trees as a 12-year-old Boy Scout in Cornwall.
His appreciation for trees extended into adulthood and
eventually evolved into a crusade after he was elected
to the House of Commons, culminating with the successful
passge of his private members' bill establishing National
father was always implanting in me, 'You see that forest,
I was part of planting those trees', and so he germinated
that idea in my mind, so when I became a Boy Scout I was
excited to participate in planting trees," says Galipeau.
a passion that the MP has passed on to his own children
who have planted over 23,000 trees.
if his fervor for planting runs counter to the perception
that the Conservative Party is anti-environment, Galipeau
is quick to point out their record in reducing CO2 emmissions
compared to the previous government.
fact is, while the Liberals were in office, the carbon
emmissions in Canada went up by over 30 per cent,"
says Galipeau. "On my watch, since we were first
elected, they've gone down by 3.5 per cent, while the
economy grew by 12 per cent. So they make speeches. They
advance rhetoric. But we get it done."
planting thousands of trees, Galipeau has also been a
leadng advocate in cleaning up the Ottawa River, protecting
the Greenbelt, and promoting Petrie Island as a destination
for nature lovers.
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