Bill C-383 Passed at Third Reading in the Senate

May 8, 2013

For Immediate Release

May 8th, 2013

Bill C-383 Passed at Third Reading in the Senate

Ottawa, ON – Bill C-383, The Transboundary Waters Protection Act, has been passed through the Senate at Third Reading and awaits Royal Assent.

Bill C-383 is a Private Member’s Bill that was put forward by Larry Miller, MP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, on December 13th, 2012. This bill will ensure that all waters under federal jurisdiction are protected from bulk water removal while complementing provincial protections that are already in place to protect waters under their jurisdiction. The bill also contains punitive measures for those who violate the measures that are set out in the act.

“Protecting our water from bulk export is something that constituents in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, a riding that borders Georgian Bay, and indeed all Canadians are very concerned about,” said Miller. “I am very pleased to see that this bill is now through the House of Commons and the Senate and will receive Royal Assent.”

Bill C-383 is unique in that the bill was carried through the House of Commons and the Senate without ever having a vote recorded against it. Furthermore, when reviewed at committee meetings only minor housekeeping changes were made.

“It is incredible to see the amount of support that this bill has received from both sides of the House,” said Miller. “It is great when Members of all political parties can work together to move important legislation, such as Bill C-383, through the House.”

The bill was supported in the Senate by Senator Doug Finley, who guided the bill’s passage through the Senate. Furthermore, Bill C-383 received a great deal of support and input from the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation as well as the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.

“I would like to thank Senator Doug Finley for his work in shepherding this bill through the legislative process in the Senate and would also like to commend the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation as well as the Munk School of Global Affairs for their hard work and input on this bill.”

Bill C-383 will now be scheduled to receive Royal Assent.

For more information on this bill please visit; http://www.parl.gc.ca/LegisInfo/BillDetails.aspx?billId=5321564&Mode=1&Language=E

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