moved for leave to introduce Bill C-493, An Act to amend the Navigable Waters Protection Act (Ashuapmushuan River, Mistassini River and Peribonka River).
Mr. Speaker, I wish everyone a happy Earth Day.
Today, I am introducing a bill to amend the Navigable Waters Protection Act to include the Ashuapmushuan River, the Mistassini River and the Peribonka River. In fact the member for Roberval—Lac-Saint-Jean has not done his job today. I would like to talk to the House about the importance of these rivers and why we must protect them.
The Ashuapmushuan River is of great environmental significance. The river has been designated an aquatic reserve until 2017. It is also very important to preserve the Peribonka River because it is a kayaker's paradise and integral to the Pointe-Taillon National Park. The Mistassini River supports a number of species of fish, including the Atlantic salmon and the American eel, which are presently being studied to determine if they should be added to the Species at Risk Act.
That is why these rivers should be protected.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)