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

This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.

This bill was previously introduced in the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session and the 40th Parliament, 1st Session.


Peter Stoffer  NDP

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


Introduced, as of Jan. 26, 2009
(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

November 21st, 2008 / 12:25 p.m.
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Peter Stoffer NDP Sackville—Eastern Shore, NS

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-219, An Act to amend the Fisheries Act (deposit in lakes).

Mr. Speaker, schedule 2 of the Mining Act allows mining companies to use freshwater aquatic systems of fish-bearing lakes as cheap waste disposal sites. We think that is absolutely wrong. We have seen three lakes in the great province of Newfoundland and Labrador now destroyed and four on Baffin Island are being destroyed. We also know that 16 across the country are slated for destruction.

Freshwater in this country is a fragile resource. Fish habitat must be one of the greatest priorities of the fisheries minister. We are asking that the government stop the practice, as was done in New Brunswick, of using freshwater habitat as toxic waste tailing ponds for mining companies.

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