We must protect region’s waterways: NPD
Conservatives shamefully abandoning protection of navigable waters
With its monster budget bill, the Conservative government is abandoning the protection of Canada’s navigable waters, said the region’s New Democrat MPs.
All reference to the environment will be removed from the Navigable Waters Protection Act, reducing the number of protected lakes and rivers from 30,000 to less than a hundred.
“There is no reason to put the environmental protection of waterways on the chopping block,” said Pierre Jacob (Brome-Missisquoi) this morning at a press conference at Auberge Quilliams on the shores of Brome Lake, one of the unprotected bodies of water. “Everyone benefits from the current legislation: why change it so radically?”
“Even worse: more than 90% of these bodies of water are located in ridings represented by Conservative MPs,” said Pierre-Luc Dusseault (Sherbrooke). “This casts doubts on the partisanship surrounding these cuts.”
New Democrats formally oppose this attempt to distort the spirit of the Navigable Waters Protection Act. “We need these environmental protections,” said Réjean Genest (Shefford). “We won’t let the Conservatives destroy them without reacting.”