Mr. Speaker, Tree Canada is our country’s leading national tree-planting charity and I rise today on National Tree Day, to offer my warm congratulations on the occasion of their 25th anniversary. For 25 years, Tree Canada has been growing better places to live all across Canada by planting and caring for trees in our communities, reforesting rural areas, and by celebrating the environmental, social, cultural, economic, and spiritual benefits of trees.
As a former tree planter and reforestation business owner, I was honoured to join Tree Canada President, Michael Rosen, and his staff, volunteers, and board in planting their 82 millionth tree in Ottawa near Parliament Hill this afternoon.
Thank you, Tree Canada, for what you do, and thank you, Minister of Natural Resources for being there.
And finally, Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the thousands of Canadian tree planters across the country for their hard work restoring Canada’s forest and communities in remote regions across the country. Happy National Tree Day!