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Welcome to the Environmental Hansard

EnviroHansard.ca 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. EnviroHansard.ca 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.
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Featured topic summaries from the past week

Recent debate categories

  • MPs Discussed the Environmental Risks of Canada’s Railways

    MPs discussed environmental concerns related to rail safety this week in the House of Commons. Mr. Mike Sullivan (York South—Weston, NDP), while discussing rail safety broadly, addressed the transportation of dangerous good through urban centres: In the U.S., railroads must reroute dangerous goods around major urban centres. Here, the government has left it up to […] Read More…

  • MPs Discussed Greenhouse Gas Regulations in the Oil and Gas Industry

    MPs discussed greenhouse gas regulations on the oil and gas industry this week in the House of Commons. On Tuesday, Ms. Megan Leslie (Halifax, NDP) outlined the opposition’s concern: …after seven years of the government’s broken promises to introduce greenhouse gas rules for the oil and gas sector, Canadians are still waiting. Now we hear […] Read More…

  • MPs Discussed Offshore Drilling Impacts on Beluga Populations at Cacouna, QC.

    MPs discussed TransCanada’s recent offshore drilling near Cacouna, Quebec this week in the House of Commons. On Monday, Mr. Guy Caron (Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques, NDP) pressed the government: Mr. Speaker, on September 11, TransCanada began offshore drilling near Cacouna in order to build an oil port in the middle of a fragile ecosystem. However, the National Energy […] Read More…

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Last week's parliamentary debates

Committee update

Last week in the senate

September 22, 2014 – September 26, 2014:

House of Commons Committees:

  • No standing committees discussed environmentally relevant issues this week. 

Senate Committees:

 

 

September 22, 2014 – September 26, 2014

 Last week in the Senate

  • Hon Noël A. Kinsella read for the first time Bill C-3, An Act to enact the Aviation Industry Indemnity Act, to amend the Aeronautics Act, the Canada Marine Act, the Marine Liability Act and the Canada Shipping Act, 2001.
  • Hon. Grant Mitchell questioned Government science and research cuts.
  • Hon. Fernand Robichaud discussed solutions to the declining wild Atlantic Salmon stocks.
  • Hon. Grant Mitchell discussed the success of an Albertan sustainable energy company.

 

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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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