An Act to amend the Fisheries Act (mining activities)

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


Francis Scarpaleggia  Liberal

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


Introduced, as of June 17, 2010
(This bill did not become law.)


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

This enactment amends the Fisheries Act to prevent the authorized deposit of substances from industrial processes relating to mining activities into any waters or place that would result in the alteration, disruption or destruction of fish habitat or degrade the ecological integrity of that habitat.


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Fisheries ActRoutine Proceedings

June 17th, 2010 / 10:30 a.m.
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Francis Scarpaleggia Liberal Lac-Saint-Louis, QC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-561, An Act to amend the Fisheries Act (mining activities).

Mr. Speaker, I am introducing a bill which would address a practice that is occurring with increasing frequency and which is of enormous concern to those of us who would like to see Canada's freshwater lakes better protected. This practice is the practice of mining companies asking for permission under the metal mining effluent regulations to use healthy freshwater lakes as dumping grounds for mine tailings.

Unfortunately, permission for that practice is being granted much too easily. This bill would close the loophole in the Fisheries Act which allows that practice to occur.

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