The Environmental Hansard is brought to you by the Ecojustice Clinic at the University of Ottawa. Find this resource useful? Click Here to Donate and support our work.

Garrison (NDP) introduces an Act to amend the Navigation Protection Act (Sooke River)

April 23, 2015

House of Commons Debates, 41st Parl, 2nd Sess, No 199 (23 April 2015) at 12905.



  • Moved for leave to introduce Bill C-667, an act to amend the Navigation Protection Act (Sooke River).

    He said: Mr. Speaker, I am introducing this private member’s bill today to restore federal environmental protection for the Sooke River by adding it to part 2 of the schedule of the Navigable Waters Protection Act. This is protection that was removed by the Conservative government, in 2012, in Bill C-45, the first of the omnibus budget bills.

    The Sooke River system drains a watershed of some 403 square kilometres near the southern tip of Vancouver Island, in my riding. The rock falls at the Sooke River Potholes divide it into the Upper Sooke River and the Lower Sooke River systems.

    Protection of the Sooke River watershed is particularly important for two quite separate reasons. The Upper Sooke watershed is the source of drinking water for the Greater Victoria area. The Lower Sooke River is becoming crucial for the restoration of local salmon runs, including chinook, which are critical to the survival of the southern resident killer whales.

    Two volunteer-driven organizations, the Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society with its Jack Brooks hatchery on Rocky Creek and the Juan de Fuca Salmon Restoration Society with its Charters River Salmon Interpretive Centre and demonstration hatchery, are doing key work in salmon habitat restoration and enhancement of wild stocks. Restoring federal environmental protection will play an important role in ensuring the long-term health of the watershed so important to Greater Victoria’s drinking water supply and to the continued success of salmon enhancement and habitat restoration work.

    (Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

    Mr. Randall Garrison

    Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, NDP

Return to Debates Listing
Go to Categories Listing

About the Ecojustice Environmental Law Clinic
at the University of Ottawa

The Ecojustice Environmental Clinic at the University of Ottawa is the world’s first interdisciplinary public interest environmental law clinic. A partnership between Ecojustice, Canada’s only national environmental law charity, and the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa, the clinic provides an empowering learning environment where students earn course credits as they assist Ecojustice lawyers and scientists in providing strategic advice and pro bono legal counsel to groups across the country.

Learn more about Ecojustice by visiting ecojustice.ca

Video: Learn more about the
Ecojustice Environmental Law Clinic

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.

Questions or comments about the Environmental Hansard?

If it relates to the content of the site, please email: cperret [at] ecojustice.ca
If you’re having a technical issue, please email: webmaster [at]  ecojustice.ca

About Ecojustice

With offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa, Ecojustice is building the case for a better earth.

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.

Learn more about Ecojustice and our current cases at www.ecojustice.ca

The Environmental Hansard is brought to you by the Ecojustice Clinic at the University of Ottawa. Find this resource useful? Click Here to Donate and support our work.