An Act to amend the Navigable Waters Protection Act (St. Croix River, Restigouche River and Saint John River)

This bill was last introduced in the 41st Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in August 2015.

This bill was previously introduced in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session.

Sponsor

Yvon Godin  NDP

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

Status

Introduced, as of Oct. 16, 2013
(This bill did not become law.)

Summary

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This enactment amends the Navigable Waters Protection Act in order to add the St. Croix River and the Restigouche River to the navigable waters listed in the schedule to that Act and to replace the upstream point of the Saint John River listed in the schedule to that Act, as it will read immediately after the coming into force of section 331 of the Jobs and Growth Act, 2012.

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Navigable Waters Protection ActRoutine Proceedings

April 22nd, 2013 / 3:20 p.m.
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NDP

Yvon Godin NDP Acadie—Bathurst, NB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-497, Act to amend the Navigable Waters Protection Act (St. Croix River, Restigouche River and Saint John River).

Mr. Speaker, first of all, I would like to wish everyone a happy Earth Day. For Earth Day, we would certainly like to make sure we pass clean rivers on to our children and grandchildren.

This is why I am pleased to add the St. Croix River and the Restigouche River to the navigable waters listed in the schedule to the act. I would also like to replace the upstream point of the Saint John River listed in the schedule to the act.

It was on the shore of the St. Croix River in 1604 that Samuel de Champlain established the first European colony in North America north of Florida. Over the years, the waters of the St. Croix River have carried aboriginal people, Acadian settlers, British loyalists, logs floating to sawmills and shipyards, canoeists and so on.

Originally, the Restigouche River was used as a waterway. It provided food for the Micmacs and the Maliseet. Today, Atlantic salmon still travel up the river through the clear waters of about 60 different salmon pools.

There is also the beautiful Saint John River. These rivers must be protected.

We cannot allow these rivers to be lost. The Conservatives are going the wrong way. These bills are important.

Thank you for giving me an opportunity to introduce this bill.

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