Canada’s Green Party has voiced its opinion on bottled water by asking the federal government to avoid its purchase wherever possible, citing environmental and economic reasons.
A recent report by the Polaris Institute and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Nova Scotia states that the Canadian government has spent over $7.2 million to purchase bottled water over the past three years. “It is not right for the government to spend public money on bottled water when there are many Canadians who still do not have access to safe public drinking water in their communities,” said Green Party of Canada natural resources critic Amy Collard. “Unless the bottled water is absolutely necessary, it would be much better to spend this money on improving public access to safe, clean tap water.”
The Polaris/CUPE report says that with the amount of money spent on bottled water, the federal government could have paid for 2,918 indoor or 584 outdoor water fountains or could have upgraded a water treatment plant in a First Nations community. According to Indian and Northern Affairs, $3.3 million was spent supplying First Nations reserves with bottled water. Collard says the government would be better off investing in Canada’s water infrastructure.