An Act to amend the Navigable Waters Protection Act (Fish Lake and other waterways)

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.)


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 Fish Lake and other waterways 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-596, an act to amend the Navigable Waters Protection Act (Fish Lake and other waterways).

Mr. Speaker, I rise again to introduce legislation that would extend environmental protection to Fish Lake, Little Fish Lake, Big Onion Lake, Wasp Lake, Taseko River, and Beece Creek. This legislation would restore these bodies of water to the schedule of waterways protected under the Navigable Waters Protection Act.

These bodies of water would have been severely impacted by the proposed Prosperity Mine as documented by not one but two federal review panels conducted by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. The proposed mine would have turned pristine Fish Lake into a tailings pond.

By gutting environmental regulations, including the Navigable Waters Protection Act, the government has broken trust in its ability to balance natural resource development with building healthy, sustainable communities.

This legislation is a small step in the right direction of restoring a more responsible and balanced approach.

I encourage all members of the House to support the bill.

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