Mp David Tilson Participates In Historic Tree Planting In Ottawa With Constituent

June 09, 2021

OTTAWA – David Tilson, Member of Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon, today participated in an historic tree planting ceremony in Ottawa with Ken Jewett, Mulmur resident and founder of the Maple Leaves Forever Foundation.

The Maple Leaves Forever Foundation has been working for a number of years to have the National Capital Commission in Ottawa use only native Canadian maple species in circumstances where a maple tree is called for on NCC lands. Today, NCC Chairman Russell Mills issued a proclamation committing the NCC to just that outcome.

“I am very pleased for Mr. Jewett with this result,” said Mr. Tilson following a tree planting ceremony in Major’s Hill Park within sight of the Parliament Buildings. “All Canadians know how important the maple leaf is as a symbol of this country, so for the NCC to make this commitment is a great testament to Mr. Jewett’s work.”

“We value our partnership with the NCC for the planting of Canadian native maples,” said Mr. Jewett. “The maple leaf is our country’s most recognizable symbol and it is only fitting that Canadian native maples grace the canvas that is our nation’s capital.”

Mr. Tilson and Mr. Jewett were joined by Mr. Russell Mills, Chairman of the NCC and Dr. Mark Kristmanson, CEO of the NCC.

Maple Leaves Forever is a charitable foundation that advocates and supports the planting of Canadian native maples in increasing numbers across the rural and urban landscape of Ontario.