An Act to amend the Fisheries Act (deposit in lakes)

This bill was last introduced in the 39th Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in September 2008.


Peter Stoffer  NDP

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


Not active, as of Feb. 7, 2008
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment prohibits the use of lakes for depositing deleterious substances.


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Fisheries ActRoutine Proceedings

February 7th, 2008 / 10:05 a.m.
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Peter Stoffer NDP Sackville—Eastern Shore, NS

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-504, An Act to amend the Fisheries Act (deposit in lakes).

Mr. Speaker, in this country it is really quite astonishing that we allow mining companies to use freshwater lakes as toxic waste sites. It has to stop. We believe mining companies should be doing what most of them do already: have independent tailing ponds free and clear of any natural water systems.

Two lakes in Newfoundland have been destroyed, two more in Nunavut, and 18 more across the country if the bill is not enacted very quickly.

We have nothing against mining. We just want to ensure it is done with the highest environmental standards that we have in this country. No one should ever be using freshwater lakes or river systems for toxic waste sites.

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