moved for leave to introduce Bill C-366, An Act to amend the Navigation Protection Act (Abitibi and Témiscamingue regions).
Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to reintroduce this bill, which would address the cuts that the Conservatives made to the Navigable Waters Protection Act. These cuts left the majority of our waterways unprotected, even though they had been protected for years by one of this country's oldest acts.
Today, I am introducing a bill to protect the most important waterways in my region. There are around 50 of them. Some are watersheds, and others are part of the Algonquins' traditional canoe routes. Thousands of people used these waterways to reach previously unexplored lands. There is no doubt that these waterways are in need of protection.
I sincerely hope that these waterways will be protected again one day; they are so important to my region.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)