‘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?
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.
Thank you for being a voice for change, . Your actions make a difference.
– Elizabeth May, Leader, Green Party of Canada
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