Three reasons why the Liberals broke their promise on the Navigable Waters Protection Act
The Council of Canadians | March 23, 2017
During the October 2015 federal election, the Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party criticized the Harper government's "elimination of the Navigable Waters Protection Act" and specifically promised to "review these changes, restore lost protections, and incorporate more modern safeguards".
Now, 17 months after being sworn into office, the Liberal-dominated Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities have made their recommendations on the Act - which clearly fail to restore lost protections, and incorporate more modern safeguards as had been promised.
Rather than relisting all lakes and rivers, they recommend: "That the government maintain the Schedule but rapidly improve the process of adding waterways to the Schedule by making it easily accessible, easy to use and transparent and that a public awareness campaign be put in place to inform stakeholders of the process."