A Call-Out from Canada’s Green Party to join the fight  to restore the Canada’s Navigable Waters Protection Act

‘From 1882-2012, the NWPA protected Canadians’ right to paddle our lakes, rivers, and streams and ensured that corporate interests would not be able to impede those rights… Join in being a voice for change. Your action makes a difference.’ – Green Party Leader Elizabeth May

A Message from  Green Party Leader Elizabeth May
Posted October 31st, 2017 on Niagara At Large

How have they forgotten?

Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May

Destruction of the Navigable Waters Protection Act sparked #IdleNoMore.

Indigenous peoples across Canada set up drumming circles in malls and blocked roads to protest Harper’s 2012 omnibus bill. Omnibus bill C-45 removed 98% of Canada’s inland waterways from the Navigable Waters Protection Act, which Harper renamed the Navigation Protection Act. So he literally took “waters” out of the act.

No longer are federal permits required before development can destroy inland waters – rivers, streams, and lakes. Harper did so to speed the way for dams and pipelines.

That’s why in Question Period I recently reminded forgetful Liberals of their promise to restore the Navigable Waters Protection Act (NWPA). From 1882-2012, the NWPA protected Canadians’ right to paddle our lakes, rivers, and streams and ensured that corporate interests would not be able to impede those rights.

When Justin Trudeau made Marc Garneau the minister of Transport, he instructed him to review changes made by the previous government to the NWPA and to “restore lost protections.”

But Transport Canada seems to like doing less work. Department officials testified at the Transport Committee that Harper’s approach, a schedule listing a handful of our millions of waterways, is working just fine. And Marc Garneau appears ready to ignore Liberal promises to fix what Harper broke.

The Liberal government must reverse Harper’s sabotage of environmental laws by guaranteeing our right to navigation on the millions of lakes, rivers and streams across Canada. They must restore the NWPA in order to protect our waterways from irresponsible development.

As it stands, the federal government doesn’t need to be notified or review almost any of the development proposals on our waterways. Restoring the NWPA, combined with repair of our environmental assessment law, can offer needed protection for communities across Canada.

The time has come to usher in a new era in Canadian politics that prioritizes environmental protections. I need you to call on the Liberal government to fully restore the NWPA now!

Thank you for being a voice for change, . Your actions make a difference.

– Elizabeth May, Leader, Green Party of Canada

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One response to “A Call-Out from Canada’s Green Party to join the fight  to restore the Canada’s Navigable Waters Protection Act

  1. Thank you for posting this Doug – everyone needs to be aware of what is at stake! Regardless of whatever “party affiliation” readers may hold – this issue transcends any “party” – it is vitally important to reinstate safeguards for the rivers and all waterways. We all know there is even more at stake with Pruitt decimating the EPA in the US – Canadians must stand firm and hold the Federal Government to account. If any of your are on Facebook – I have posted the link for the letter to be signed. Thanks again.

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