Nuclear-Weapons-Free Zone in the Canadian Arctic Act

An Act respecting the establishment of a nuclear-weapons-free zone in the Canadian Arctic

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

Sponsor

Larry Bagnell  Liberal

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

Status

Introduced, as of Feb. 15, 2011
(This bill did not become law.)

Summary

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

This enactment provides for the establishment of a nuclear-weapons-free zone in the Canadian Arctic. It also prohibits the dumping or disposal of weapons-grade nuclear material in the Canadian Arctic.

Elsewhere

All sorts of information on this bill is available at LEGISinfo, provided by the Library of Parliament. You can also read the full text of the bill.

Nuclear-Weapons-Free Zone in the Canadian Arctic ActRoutine Proceedings

February 15th, 2011 / 10:05 a.m.
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Liberal

Larry Bagnell Liberal Yukon, YT

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-629, An Act respecting the establishment of a nuclear-weapons-free zone in the Canadian Arctic.

Mr. Speaker, it is an honour to present a private member's bill that calls for the establishment of a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Canadian Arctic.

With the melting ice cap and the opening of Arctic passages and trade routes, this is the strongest declaration we can make about our sovereignty in the north. Because of the fragile Arctic ecosystems, the harsh climate making clean up impossible and indigenous peoples depending on country foods, this bill is critical.

It is also my hope that other countries will review the bill and take its intent to the next logical step and begin the process necessary to declare the entire Arctic a nuclear weapons-free zone. If the government truly wants to preserve and protect our Arctic, then I encourage it to endorse the bill and let us act quickly to implement such legislation.

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