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I am outraged and saddened that, despite the opposition of millions of Canadians, the government has chosen to rewrite some of Canada's environmental protection laws through the omnibus bill, C-45.
The changes in the omnibus bill have weakened Canada's environmental laws, removing critical safeguards, and reducing our opportunity, as the public, to have a say about projects that will threaten our air, water, soil and ecosystems on which all Canadians depend.
Bill C-45 has also eliminated the Hazardous Materials Information Review Commission, an independent body in-charge of making science-based decisions to protect Canadians from toxic chemicals and hazardous materials. This could result in less disclosure from companies about the chemical contents of their products. Canadians deserve to be properly informed about the use and distribution of toxins.
We need to protect nature, anyway we can. We need to let Harper and Parliament know that the lakes, rivers, air and animals should come before his dams, bridges and pipelines. I want my children, and my children's children, to experience Canadian nature and love it the way I do but at this rate there will be no nature left for them.
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- Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister and Hon. Members of Parliament
- Member of Parliament Calgary Southwest
- Leader, Conservative Party of Canada / Chef, Parti Conservateur du Canada
Bill C-45 has such a range of legislative changes that it is impossible for proper debate, scrutiny, and accountability to be managed. The bill alters the Canada Shipping Act, the Fisheries Act, the Indian Act, the Customs Act, the Navigable Waters Act, the Canada Labour Act, gets rid of the Hazardous Materials Information Review Commission, changes the definition of aboriginal fisheries, and more.
Re-introduce the issues encompassed by Bill C-45 so there can be a proper debate and Canadians can be informed of the impact it will have on our environment.
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