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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 Present Petitions on Environmental Impacts of Farming Practices

    This week MPs presented several petitions on the environmental effects of farming practices, including saving seeds, using pesticides and growing genetically modified crops. On Tuesday, Ms. Jean Crowder (Nanaimo—Cowichan, NDP) presented a petition on the rights of farmers to save and reuse seeds: Mr. Speaker, I have three petitions, all dealing with the right to […] Read More…

  • MPs Discussed Quebec Environmental Assessments in Cacouna and Sept-Îles

    This week MPs discussed environmental assessments in Cacouna and Sept-Îles, Quebec. Opposition MPs questioned the credibility of recent environmental assessments, while the Government affirmed its commitment to delivering infrastructure through the New Building Canada Plan. On Monday, Mr. Raymond Côté (Beauport—Limoilou, NDP) questioned the credibility of the Port of Québec’s environmental impact assessment: Mr. Speaker, […] Read More…

  • MPs Discussed Growth of Oil Shipping in Canadian Waters

    This week MPs discussed the growth of oil shipping across Canadian waters. Opposition MPs raised concerns over the Government’s ability to respond to oil spills and protect biodiversity. The Government affirmed its commitment to both safety and fulfilling free trade agreements around the world. On Monday, Mr. Philip Toone (Gaspésie—Îles-de-la-Madeleine, NDP) questioned the Government’s decision […] Read More…

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Last week's parliamentary debates

Committee update

Last week in the senate

October 20, 2014 – October 24, 2014:

 House of Commons Committees:

Senate Committees:

 

 

 

 

October 20, 2014 – October 24, 2014:

 Last week in the Senate:

  • Hon Senator Percy Mockler moved, and the Senate agreed, to have the Standing Senate Committee n Agriculture and Forestry be authorized to examine and report on international market access priorities for the Canadian agricultural and agri-food sector. Amoung other topics, the study will focus on sustainable improvements to the production capabilities of the supply chain; as well as diversity, food security and traceability.
  • The Senate read for the third time and passed Bill S-6, An Act to amend the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act and the Nunavut Waters and Nunavut Surface Rights Tribunal Act.

 

 

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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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