Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Larry Miller, MP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound may not be Dufferin`s MP, but he deserves our emails of support and questions as to how we can support him.

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MP Larry Miller is taking the lead in a push to block bulk water sales and diversions.

Miller was to introduce a private member's bill in the House of Commons this morning to amend the International Boundary Waters Treaty Act and the International River Improvements Act.
Miller said he has been working on Great Lakes water issues since 2004 when he was elected. At that time there was a lot of talk and debate around opening up the Great Lakes to allow international water exports.
"We kind of woke the public up about it. One of my staff at the time found out about it kind of by accident and since then the prime minister has come out and said our water isn't for sale," said Miller. "I had a chance to do this and it was a bill the government was going to do and I have basically had a chance to table this on a private member's bill."
Miller said under the rules of the House of Commons, once he provides notice that he is going to table a bill he can't say much about it until it is tabled.
It is a bill that in general terms, I believe will be well-received not just in my riding but across the country," said Miller. "This is a good thing for Canada and its water."
Miller said Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservative government support the bill he is to table.
"I've even been contacted by some other MPs from some other parties who have indicated their support for it, without having actually seen it tabled yet," said Miller. "I think it is a bill that is supported, if not unanimously, pretty close to it."
Miller expects debate on the bill won't happen until February.

Article: http://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3402106
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