The MP for Kootenay – Columbia says a bill he’s introduced in Parliament would protect lakes and rivers in our region for generations to come.
New Democrat Wayne Stetski put forward a Private Members Bill in the House of Commons Wednesday amending the Navigation Protection Act.
The act guards the public’s right to navigation and marine safety by regulating construction and preventing pollution.
Stetski says the previous Conservative government removed most of Canada’s navigable waters from protection in 2012, to open the doors for pipelines and the oil and gas industry.
The bill puts twelve lakes, including Columbia Lake, and twenty-one rivers, including the Flathead and Kicking Horse Rivers, under the Act’s protection.
Stetski says it is essential government conserve these areas, what he calls the envy of the entire world, now so we still have them in the future.
He argues putting by Kootenay-Columbia’s lakes and rivers back into the Act, we protect not only the natural environment itself, but the recreation, heritage, and economies that are dependent on free access to these resources.
The bill is now in front of the House but its yet to be determined if it will make it’s way to the floor.
Stetski adds hopefully it will at least encourage the Liberal government to move on re-expanding the Act like he says they’ve previously promised to do.
– Kootenay-Columbia MP Wayne Stetski