WINDSOR – MPP Lisa Gretzky (Windsor West) issued the following statement to celebrate Ojibway National Urban Park gaining momentum with the completed land transfer of Ojibway Shores from Transport Canada to Parks Canada and a commitment from the province to transfer the provincial lands to Parks Canada:
“I am very pleased to see the efforts of many years of our hard work paying off for the people of Windsor today. Today’s land transfer means that Parks Canada can immediately get to work on cleaning up the area for the benefit of the many rare and threatened species who live or migrate in the area– as well as the humans who will soon get to enjoy and visit.
For years, I've worked alongside the original caretakers of the land, Caldwell First Nation and Walpole Island First Nation, as well as the City of Windsor, the Town of LaSalle, and my federal counterpart, MP Brian Masse, because we all believed in the benefits this park would bring to the area. I was honoured to be the first MPP to bring the Ojibway National Urban Park before the legislature, and while it’s unfortunate that six months ago the Conservative’s voted against my motion to transfer Ojibway Prairie Provincial Nature Reserve to Parks Canada, I am pleased to see they have since had a change of heart. I am looking forward to continuing to work with everyone involved until Ojibway National Urban Park officially becomes a reality.”