An Act to amend the Navigable Waters Protection Act (Somass River)

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


Fin Donnelly  NDP

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


Introduced, as of May 13, 2014
(This bill did not become law.)


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This enactment amends the Navigable Waters Protection Act in order to add the Somass River 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

May 13th, 2014 / 10:05 a.m.
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Fin Donnelly NDP New Westminster—Coquitlam, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-595, an act to amend the Navigable Waters Protection Act (Somass River).

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to introduce legislation that would extend environmental protection to the Somass River. This legislation would restore the river to the schedule of waterways protected under the Navigable Waters Protection Act.

The government's recent overhaul of this act allows for the construction of dams and bridges on most Canadian waters without having to notify the government and without needing approval from the Minister of Transport. This means that waterways like the Somass River are now unprotected against development, leaving residing fish and their dependent ecosystems vulnerable to habitat destruction.

I encourage all members of the House to support this legislation.

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