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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 Protecting the Natural Environment

    This week MPs debated protecting Canada’s natural environment. Opposition MPs questioned the Government’s ability to protect endangered species and Canada’s water quality. The Government defended its record by highlighting recent initiatives in protecting forestry and controlling invasive species. Mr. Bruce Hyer (Thunder Bay—Superior North, GP) expressed worry over the Government’s disposal of nuclear waste through […] Read More…

  • MPs Debated Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Oil & Gas Sector

    This week MPs debated regulating greenhouse gas emissions within Canada’s oil and gas sector. Opposition MPs criticized the Government for breaking its promise to regulate emissions. The Government maintained its policy of regulating the oil and gas sector on an integrated basis with the United States. On Tuesday, Ms. Megan Leslie (Halifax, NDP) questioned the […] Read More…

  • MPs Debated Transitioning Away From Fossil Fuel-Based Economy

    This week MPs debated transitioning Canada away from a fossil fuel economy in favour of renewable energy. Opposition MPs criticized the Government for continuing to subsidize fossil fuels such as oil and gas. The Government affirmed its commitment to both taking decisive action on the environment and protecting Canada’s economy. On Monday, Mr. François Choquette […] Read More…

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Last week's parliamentary debates

Committee update

Last week in the senate

December 8, 2014 – December 12, 2014:

House of Commons Committees:

  • No Committees discussed topics related to the environment.

Senate Committees:

  • No Committees discussed topics related to the environment.

 

 

 

December 8, 2014 – December 12, 2014:

  • Hon. Senators Grant Mitchell and Claude Carignan debated the efficacy of carbon tax systems, the current Government’s greenhouse gas emissions policy,  and other alternative environmental initiatives.
  • Hon. Senator Claudette Tardif questioned the plant breeders’ rights regime in Bill C-18, the Agricultural Growth Act, during Second Reading of the Bill.
  • The Senate debated whether the Government’s economic action plans have supported the resource sector while compromising growth in other sectors.
  • Hon. Senate Fabian Manning presented the seventh report on the Regulation of Aquaculture, Current Challenges and Future Prospects for the Industry

 

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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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