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 42nd Parliament, 1st Session, which ended in September 2019.


Kennedy Stewart  NDP

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


Introduced, as of Sept. 26, 2016
(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

September 26th, 2016 / 3:05 p.m.
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Kennedy Stewart NDP Burnaby South, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-302, An Act to amend the Navigation Protection Act (Burnaby Lake, Deer Lake and Brunette River).

Mr. Speaker, I rise to introduce a private member's bill to restore key environmental protections to local lakes and rivers of my riding of Burnaby South. The protecting Burnaby lakes and rivers act would re-add Burnaby Lake, Deer Lake, and Brunette River to the official schedule of waterways protected in Canada.

At the demand of the oil and gas lobbyists, the Conservatives under Stephen Harper gutted our environmental laws and removed protections for 98% of Canada's lakes and rivers. As a result, many proposed development projects, including some pipelines, no longer need environmental assessments or public consultations before proceeding.

The Liberals promised during the election that they would reverse these changes. They have yet to even table legislation to restore the protections that were lost. That is why I am putting forward this bill today on behalf of my constituents.

In my riding, where we just celebrated World Rivers Day yesterday, the stewardship of the Brunette River has been a stellar example of our community coming together to preserve our cherished waterways. We need to ensure that our lakes and rivers are protected so future generations can enjoy them as well.

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