Canadian Ballast Water Management Act

An Act to provide for the management of ballast water in Canada

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

Sponsor

Peter Van Loan  Conservative

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

Status

Not active, as of Nov. 3, 2005
(This bill did not become law.)

Elsewhere

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Canadian Ballast Water Management ActRoutine Proceedings

November 3rd, 2005 / 10:05 a.m.
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Conservative

Peter Van Loan Conservative York—Simcoe, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-434, An Act to provide for the management of ballast water in Canada.

Mr. Speaker, the purpose of the bill is to put in place mandatory ballast water management controls and thereby provide real protection against aquatic invasive species that threaten the delicate ecosystems of our inland lakes and waterways.

The Conservative government of Brian Mulroney was a leader in introducing the very first guidelines. Unfortunately, the Liberal government has fallen behind and has failed to act for 12 years.

As time has passed, new invasive species, like the round gobi and the quagga mussel, have been introduced to Lake Simcoe's watershed threatening its environment. It is my hope that the pressure brought by this bill will embarrass the government to act, as it now can, to introduce mandatory regulations.

Our environment is too important to be sacrificed by an indecisive government afraid to offend big shipping interests. Now is the time for action to protect the environment and the delicate ecosystem balance of Lake Simcoe and the entire Great Lakes Basin. It is our obligation to our families, our communities and to the generations to come.

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