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Garrison (NDP) questions Government inaction in coastal water protection

May 13, 2015

House of Commons Debates, 41st Parl, 2nd Sess, No 213 (13 May 2015) at 13830.



  • Mr Speaker, once again I rise to draw attention to the failings of the Conservatives when it comes to the west coast water protection.

    When I first began working on water issues in the late 1980s, as the executive director of the Pacific Peoples’ Partnership, one of our concerns was the rapidly growing great Pacific garbage patch, which at that time was as big as Vancouver Island and is now a monster of plastic garbage as large as British Columbia.

    I was disappointed when the Conservatives reneged on their vote to ban the plastic microbeads that are so rapidly accumulating in our local waters. Residents in my riding, like those involved with the Peninsula Streams Society, are far ahead of governments when it comes to working to protect and restore water quality and fish habitat. ¸

    That is why I introduced legislation to support local volunteers by restoring federal environmental protection for the Goldstream, Colquitz, and Sooke Rivers.

    I am also disappointed that the Conservatives decided not to support NDP Bill C-638 to make the Coast Guard responsible for derelict vessels and for tracking down the owners to make them pay removal and clean-up costs.

    We must act now to protect our water, fresh and salt, if not for the fish, if not for the whales, then, ultimately, for ourselves and our fate on this planet.

    Mr. Randall Garrison

    Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, NDP

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