En­vi­ron­men­tal bill of rights should be leg­isla­tive pri­or­ity

Ottawa Citizen - - OPINION -

Re: Sen­ate stalls pas­sen­ger bill of rights, Dec. 1.

It’s un­for­tu­nate that a fed­eral bill of rights to pro­tect us from nasty travel ex­pe­ri­ences is caught up in Sen­ate wran­gling. But even more wor­ry­ing is the lack of progress on pass­ing a bill of rights to pro­tect us from a nasty en­vi­ron­ment.

Call me so­cial­ist, but in my perfect world MPs swear an oath to de­velop and pass pri­or­ity leg­is­la­tion, the kind that aims to im­prove the lives of the great­est num­ber of Cana­di­ans.

Sure, MPs would likely be too busy to help trav­ellers avoid ma­jor in­con­ve­niences, but those same trav­ellers would re­turn home to cleaner water, air and food, a more sta­ble cli­mate, a de­cent job in a thriv­ing com­mu­nity and even a safer world. Ruth Ed­wards, Ot­tawa

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