An Act to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (electronic products recycling program)
Don Davies NDP
Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)
Introduction and First Reading
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Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999
October 23rd, 2012 / 10:05 a.m.
Don Davies Vancouver Kingsway, BC
moved for leave to introduce Bill C-455, An Act to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (electronic products recycling program).
Mr. Speaker, I rise to introduce a bill entitled an act to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (electronic products recycling program), with thanks to my seconder, the member for Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca.
The bill would ensure that all electronic products containing toxic substances sold in Canada would be disposed of and recycled in a responsible manner. Electronics are ubiquitous in our lives today. Computers, tablets, smart phones and countless other devices help to connect us with each other and participate in the 21st century economy. However, we must use these products responsibly. We must follow the principle of sustainable development, which states that in meeting our own needs we must not compromise the ability of future generations to meet theirs.
The bill is the idea of two bright young students in my riding, Kaitlyn Fung and Wilson Wu, who attend Windermere Secondary School. They submitted this idea as part of my 2012 Create Your Canada contest. I congratulate them for their initiative and work to help build a better nation. They and young people all across Canada know we must act now to ensure the health and wellbeing of future generations.
I hope all members will join me in supporting this important bill and their wonderful idea.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)