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MPs voted on proposed Agreement on Land, Rail, Marine and Air Transport Preclearance

April 22, 2015

House of Commons Debates, 41st Parl, 2nd Sess, No 198 (22 April 2015) at 12867.



  • Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), I would like to table, in both official languages, the treaty entitled “Agreement on Land, Rail, Marine and Air Transport Preclearance between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America”, signed in Washington on March 16, 2015.

    An explanatory memorandum is included with the treaty.

    Hon. Steven Blaney

    Minister of Veterans Affairs, CPC

  • Mr. Speaker, today, in honour of Earth Day, I am seeking unanimous consent to move the following motion.

         That, in the opinion of the House, the government should take the necessary steps to integrate into the calculation of GDP a natural capital accounting system, as recommended by the World Bank’s WAVES project:

    by recognizing that Canada’s natural resources, such as forests, water, earth, air, minerals and other energy sources, are vital to the economy and recognizing the delicate relationship between economic progress, the health of the environment and the well-being of the population;

     

    by recognizing that GDP is not an appropriate indicator for responsible decision-making;

    by re-evaluating how the common well-being and the progress of Canada’s economy are measured;

    and finally, by committing to examine the implementation of a natural capital accounting system in Canada and look into the possibility of integrating such a system into the calculation of GDP to encourage true growth of the green economy and long-term progress in terms of prosperity and common well-being
    Mr. Jean-François Fortin

    Haute-Gaspésie—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia, FD

  • Does the hon. member have the unanimous consent of the House to propose this motion?

    Some hon. members: Agreed.

    Some hon. members: No.

    The Speaker: There does not seem to be consent.

    Hon. Andrew Scheer

    The Speaker

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