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Welcome to the Environmental Hansard is a free, non-partisan website where you can search the Hansard for parliamentary debates and discussions focused exclusively on the environment and natural resources.

You can search by date, Member of Parliament, text content or category. makes these debates accessible and transparent because healthy democracies need informed citizens.

How to use this site:

  1. Use the homepage to review featured topic summaries and debates from the previous sitting week.
  2. Use the search box to query by topic, content or MPs involved in a debate or exchange in the House of Commons.
  3. Browse debates by date or look for ones relating to specific categories.
  4. Read topic summaries that provide an overview of the key points made in a debate or discussion.

Featured topic summaries from the past week

Recent debate categories

  • MPs Discussed Environmental Aspects of Omnibus Budget Bill C-59

    This week in the House of Commons MP’s discussed environmental aspects of Bill C-59, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on April 21, 2015 and other measures. Opposition MPs criticized the Government for under-investing in renewable energy technology. The Government defended its budget through emphasizing the need to balance […] Read More…

  • MPs Discussed Proposed Ban on Microbeads

    This week in the House of Commons MPs debated an Opposition motion to ban microbeads. The Opposition cited health concerns and recent municipal bans on microbeads as reasons to adopt the motion. The Government maintained the need to complete scientific review before taking further action on microbeads. Mr. François Choquette (Drummond, NDP) pressed the Government […] Read More…

  • MPs Debated Canada’s Strategy for Climate Change

    This week in the House of Commons MPs debated Canada’s commitment to address climate change. Opposition MPs questioned the Government’s inaction, including potential harm to Canada’s reputation in the international community. The Government defended its commitment to both lowering emissions and balancing the budget. On Monday, Mr. Thomas Mulcair (Leader of the Opposition, NDP) questioned […] Read More…

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Committee Archives

Senate Archives

June 8, 2015 – June 12, 2015:

House of Commons Committees:


Senate Committees:

June 8, 2015 – June 12, 2015:

  • Hon. Donald Neil Plett moved second reading of Bill C-627, An Act to amend the Railway Safety Act (safety of persons and property).
  • Hon. David M. Wells recognized the outstanding work of the Canadian Coast Guard.
  • Hon. Fabian Manning presented the eleventh report of The Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans.
  • Hon. Michael L. MacDonald moved third reading of Bill C-46, An Act to amend the National Energy Board Act and the Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act.
  • Hon. Wilfred P. Moore introduced Bill S-230, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and other Acts (ending the captivity of whales and dolphins).
  • Hon. Céline Hervieux-Payette moved third reading of Bill S-224, An Act respecting National Seal Products Day, as amended.

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About the Environmental Hansard

Designed by the Ecojustice Environmental Clinic at the University of Ottawa, the Environmental Hansard is an easy-to-use collection of all House of Commons discussions and debates about Canada’s environment.

With entries searchable by date, Member of Parliament, topic or text content, the Environmental Hansard makes Parliamentary debate accessible and transparent to the Canadian public, researchers and environmental community. The website is non-partisan and a valuable tool for anyone interested in sustainability and the environment.

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