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Plamondon (BQ) demands consultation with Quebec before oil can move through the province

June 15, 2015

House of Commons Debates, 41st Parl, 2nd Sess, No 231 (15 June 2015) at 15069.



  • Mr. Speaker, it is unbelievable that the National Energy Board of Canada will be the one to make the final decision about whether to allow oil to move through Quebec, without consultation or consent.

    Whether by pipeline, train or ship, and whether those are painted red, blue or orange, the shipping of oil poses the same risk to our rivers, our environment, our cities and towns and our people.

    Does the Minister of the Environment realize that these risks are being imposed on Quebeckers, even though Quebec will not get a single—

    Mr. Louis Plamondon

    Bas-Richelieu—Nicolet—Bécancour, BQ

  • Mr. Speaker, the member knows that we do not take positions on specific applications for energy infrastructure until an independent review is complete. Our government relies on the independent National Energy Board for decisions related to proposals for energy infrastructure, including TransCanada’s energy east proposal.

    Our government has been clear. Proposals will only be approved if they are safe for Canadians and safe for the environment.

    Ms. Kelly Block

    Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar, CPC

  • Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister is introducing last-minute bills deliberately set to fail to pass, like the Lake Superior national marine conservation area act in Thunder Bay—Superior North. The NMCA and $20 million was a pre-election promise by our Prime Minister in Nipigon eight long years ago. Is Bill C-61 just another pre-election false promise, or will the Prime Minister seek unanimous consent for Bill C-61 to actually pass before the House rises?

    Mr. Bruce Hyer

    Thunder Bay—Superior North, GP

  • Mr. Speaker, our government has played a leadership role when it comes to protecting our environment. This is why we have invested significantly to clean up and improve water quality and to protect fish in the Great Lakes.

    The new Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health entered into force just last December. We also worked with our American partners to update the Canada-U.S. Great Lakes water quality agreement. That will help to prevent and address issues impacting water quality and ecosystem health.

    [Translation]

    Hon. Leona Aglukkaq

    Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, CPC

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