Protecting Burnaby Lakes and Rivers Act

An Act to amend the Navigation Protection Act (Burnaby Lake, Deer Lake and Brunette River)

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


Kennedy Stewart  NDP

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


Introduced, as of Oct. 7, 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 Navigation Protection Act in order to add Burnaby Lake, Deer Lake and the Brunette River to the navigable waters listed in the schedule to that Act.


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Protecting Burnaby Lakes and Rivers ActRoutine Proceedings

October 7th, 2014 / 10:05 a.m.
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Kennedy Stewart NDP Burnaby—Douglas, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-631, an act to amend the Navigation Protection Act (Burnaby Lake, Deer Lake and Brunette River).

Mr. Speaker, I rise this morning to introduce a private member's bill to restore key environmental protections to local lakes and rivers in my riding of Burnaby—Douglas.

The protecting Burnaby lakes and rivers act aims to re-add Burnaby Lake, Deer Lake, and the Brunette River to the official schedule of waterways protected in Canada. At the demand of oil and gas lobbyists, the Conservatives recently removed the protection of 98% of Canada's water bodies. As a result of these changes, proposed development projects would no longer need environmental assessments or public consultation before proceeding across our lakes and rivers.

We need to reverse this gutting of our environmental laws. That is why I am putting forward this legislation to re-protect Burnaby's waterways for my constituents.

I would like to thank the member for Burnaby—New Westminster, our excellent House leader, for his support on this issue and for stepping forward today to second this legislation.

In my riding, the stewardship of the Brunette River in particular has been a stellar example of our community coming together to preserve our cherished waterways. We need to make sure that our lakes and rivers are protected so that future generations can enjoy them as well.

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