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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 Debated International Climate Change Commitments

    This week, MPs debated whether the Government would meet a March 31, 2015, deadline to submit a climate action plan for the 2015 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Government failed to submit a climate change action plan before the deadline , but confirmed that a proposal would be tabled in the coming weeks. […] Read More…

  • MPs Debated Amendments to Rail Transportation Safety

    This week in the House of Commons, MPs discussed Bill C-52, An Act to amend the Canada Transportation Act and the Railway Safety Act. Opposition MPs agreed the amendments were a step in the right direction, but contended the Government took too long. The Government defended its record of rail safety. On Monday, Ms. Lisa […] Read More…

  • MPs Debated Ban On Oil Tankers

    MPs debated Bill-C628 this week, An Act to amend the Canada Shipping Act and the National Energy Board Act. One of the proposed amendments would ban oil tanker traffic from the inland waters of Canada’s Pacific North Coast. On Monday, Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP) concluded his remarks from the prior debate of the […] Read More…

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Last week's parliamentary debates

Committee update

Last week in the senate

April 20 – April 24, 2015

House of Commons Committees:

Senate Committees:

April 20 – April 24, 2015

  • Hon. Paul J. Massicotte presented the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources’ twelfth report on non-renewable and renewable energy development in Northern Territories

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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.

The Environmental Hansard is maintained by law students at the University of Ottawa and updated weekly.

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About Ecojustice

With offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa, Ecojustice is Canada’s leading non-profit organization that uses the law to protect and restore our environment.

Ecojustice lawyers and scientists provide legal services free-of-charge to citizens, communities and organizations on the frontlines of the environmental movement, helping ensure equitable access to environmental justice nationwide. Ecojustice’s work sets legal precedents and strengthens laws that protect people and the planet.

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