"You elected a paddler as your prime minister."
Justin Trudeau stood in Scarborough's Rouge Park, just before canoes were to hit the water in the third-annual Paddle the Rouge fundraiser, and praised his government's recent move to protect the park.
"It's pretty amazing, It's something that needs protecting," he said.
"We introduced legislation to the Rouge National Urban Park act, changes that will see ecological integrity as the top priority" for the park, Trudeau said.
He was referring to his Liberal government's rewriting of the law governing the park, announced last week by federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna.
"A whole lot more people are going to know about this amazing secret you've had to yourselves for far too long, folks in Scarborough."
Paddle the Rouge is hosted by Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s (CPAWS) Wildlands League.
– with files from Mike Adler