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Crucial Fact

  • Her favourite word was environment.

Last in Parliament October 2000, as Liberal MP for Northumberland (Ontario)

Won her last election, in 1997, with 46% of the vote.

Statements in the House

The Environment October 2nd, 1998

Mr. Speaker, the federal government is concerned about the export of bulk fresh water. We do permit for the export of bottled drinking water. That occurs with great frequency right now.

However, the issue of the export of bulk fresh water is of concern to the federal government. It is a national issue. Individual provinces do have some authority but it is in the area of a national issue as well.

Environment June 10th, 1998

Mr. Speaker, these allegations are absolutely ridiculous. This government is totally committed to our Kyoto protocol commitment and we will reduce by minus 6%. Trading of emissions is an important way not only for Canada to achieve its goals but for other nations around the world as well. We are showing leadership on this file.

We are concerned about the environment. We are concerned about human health and we will achieve our objectives.

Environment June 10th, 1998

Mr. Speaker, Kyoto is taken very seriously by this government. It was not a sham. It was extremely important to Canada that we get mechanisms like trading of emissions, joint implementation, clean development mechanisms within the protocol of Kyoto.

Why would we reduce greenhouse gases at $20 a tonne if we can do so at $2 a tonne? That is why we are pursuing this avenue.

Dredging Of St. Lawrence June 9th, 1998

Mr. Speaker, the issue my colleague refers to has been dealt with by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

In reviewing this project, it had two public hearings. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has given permits. I have reviewed the process and it has complied with everything necessary under the Environmental Assessment Act.

I am convinced that this project will be good for the environment. I will receive regular reports from my colleague on the remedial aspects of it.

Depository Bills And Notes Act June 8th, 1998

moved that the bill be read the third time and passed.

Depository Bills And Notes Act June 8th, 1998

moved that the bill be concurred in.

(Motion agreed to)

The Environment June 8th, 1998

Mr. Speaker, it was my great pleasure this morning in Montreal to announce the third phase of the St. Lawrence action plan. This is one of five regional environmental programs across the country that encourage improved health of our ecological systems and human health but which also are very important because they engage Canadians at the grassroots level.

In the last two phases a $150 million investment of Canada brought in more than $1 billion of activity to serve the St. Lawrence River. The phase that we introduced today will address agricultural activities, industrial activities, navigation and shipping. We expect to have many, many environmental benefits, including greater protection for species at risk, like the beluga.

The Environment June 2nd, 1998

Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my colleague for this very important question.

I am very concerned about protecting Canadians' environment and health from the contamination created by toxic waste. The current initiatives of my department are to prevent toxic waste from accumulating in the first place. Our environmental assessment legislation and our new amended environmental protection legislation are very important to that effect.

However, we are also concerned about historic toxic waste. We have spent millions of dollars in recent years to help decontaminate sites in the northern territories and we will continue to provide advice to federal departments for the elimination of toxic waste.

The Environment June 1st, 1998

Mr. Speaker, this government has not abandoned the environment agenda. It is very important to us.

We have important legislation before the House right now, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, which brings in very important amendments allowing the government to enforce better environmental quality for all Canadians.

As a nurse I am very concerned about the quality of our air and our water. I am very concerned, as is the government, about climate change. We want to protect our nature.

The Canadian Environmental Protection Act will allow us to improve the quality of our air and our water. I will be bringing in regulations this fall to do with sulphur in gasoline.

The Environment May 28th, 1998

Mr. Speaker, my department is implementing all legislation and regulations at the present time. We look forward to the committee's reviewing Bill C-32, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act legislation, because it has important elements in it to help in the enforcement of all our policies and regulations.