Canada Water Export Prohibition Act

An Act to prohibit the export of water by interbasin transfers

This bill was last introduced in the 38th Parliament, 1st Session, which ended in November 2005.


Pat Martin  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Not active, as of Oct. 18, 2004
(This bill did not become law.)


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Canada Water Export Prohibition ActRoutine Proceedings

October 18th, 2004 / 3:35 p.m.
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Pat Martin NDP Winnipeg Centre, MB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-221, an act to prohibit the export of water by interbasin transfers.

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present this bill as a very timely and topical issue, and that is to outlaw and ban the interbasin transfer of water and the bulk sale of water.

This is an issue of national and international prominence. It comes to the public's consciousness every once in a while when people have the crazy idea that perhaps we should co-modify and commercialize water and begin to sell this precious resource as any other marketable commodity.

It is bad for the environment. It is bad for ecosystems. It is bad public policy to put this necessary life giving substance on the open market with other commercialized commodities. It is especially dangerous in light of NAFTA. Once we commercialize water by selling it in any form or substance, it becomes subject to the provisions of the free trade agreement.

I urge broad support from my fellow colleagues in the House of Commons to outlaw and prohibit the export of water by interbasin transfers.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)