CHRISTINE MOORE WANTS TO PROTECT ABITIBI–TÉMISCAMINGUE’S WATERWAYS

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October 6, 2017

 

Today, the MP for Abitibi–Témiscamingue introduced Bill C-366, which would amend the Navigation Protection Act.

OTTAWA – New Democrat MP Christine Moore (Abitibi–Témiscamingue) introduced a bill today to restore environmental protections to our lakes and rivers. In 2012, the Conservative government used an omnibus bill to exempt nearly all of Canada’s waterways from the Navigable Waters Protection Act

“While the Conservatives abolished the environmental laws that had protected our lakes and rivers for over 100 years, the current government has no valid reason to uphold this decision, which permits construction to take place on the vast majority of the country’s waterways without approval from Transport Canada,” explained Moore. “I cannot allow the waterways in our region to be left unprotected.”

The Navigable Waters Protection Act was once seen as a model for environmental protection. Beginning in 1882, any project likely to interfere with the right of Canadians to navigate their country’s lakes and rivers had to comply with the requirements of the Act. But after the Conservatives gutted the legislation, only 2% of Canada’s waterways were left protected—just 62 rivers and about 100 lakes in the entire country. “There are over 20,000 lakes and 4,000 km of navigable rivers in Abitibi–Témiscamingue alone,” noted Moore.

“The residents of Abitibi–Témiscamingue care about their lakes and rivers. Many spend time fishing, boating and vacationing on the water. Our tourism sector also depends a great deal on these valuable natural resources. And we all know the importance of high-quality drinking water. That is why I am introducing a bill today to restore the environmental protections on the major waterways in Abitibi–Témiscamingue,” concluded Moore.