An Act to amend the Nuclear Safety and Control Act (Minister)

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

Sponsor

Catherine Bell  NDP

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

Status

Not active, as of Feb. 15, 2008
(This bill did not become law.)

Summary

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

This enactment designates the Minister of the Environment as the Minister for the purposes of the Nuclear Safety and Control Act.

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Nuclear Safety and Control ActRoutine Proceedings

February 15th, 2008 / 12:10 p.m.
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NDP

Catherine Bell NDP Vancouver Island North, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-508, An Act to amend the Nuclear Safety and Control Act (Minister).

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to introduce today a bill to designate the Minister of the Environment as the minister to whom the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission must report.

Currently, the CNSC reports to the Minister of Natural Resources, the same minister to which Atomic Energy of Canada Limited reports.

This is a conflict of interest for the Minister of Natural Resources, whose mandate is to promote nuclear industry.

Canadians need to have confidence that their government is putting the needs of public safety and the environment ahead of the needs of the nuclear industry.

This simple but effective change provides more ministerial oversight to the nuclear industry of Canada and moves CNSC into a ministry with a mandate more in line with its responsibility to protect human health and the environment.

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