An Act to amend the Navigable Waters Protection Act (Boundary Waters—Voyageur Waterway and other rivers)

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.


Megan Leslie  NDP

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


Introduced, as of Oct. 16, 2013
(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 Navigable Waters Protection Act in order to add the Boundary Waters — Voyageur Waterway and other rivers to the navigable waters 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 / 3:10 p.m.
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Megan Leslie NDP Halifax, NS

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-490, An Act to amend the Navigable Waters Protection Act (Boundary Waters—Voyageur Waterway and other rivers).

Happy Earth Day, Mr. Speaker.

Last year, the Conservatives systematically gutted our environmental protections here in Canada, from fish habitat to environmental assessments.

With the changes made to the Navigable Waters Protection Act, only 62 rivers and 97 lakes in Canada are now protected.

The NDP is trying to rectify this reckless decision today on Earth Day so I rise to table my private member's bill and I will be joined by my colleagues from across the country to list our heritage rivers as protected waterways in this country. I have the pleasure of tabling this legislation to extend protection to the Mattawa River and the Missinaibi River and the Boundary Waterway in Ontario, as well as the Hillsborough River and Three Rivers in Prince Edward Island.

I look forward to working with our communities, our anglers and hunters, our boaters, first nations communities, ecotourism operators, cottagers, and concerned citizens from around the country to turn this idea into a reality.

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