Monday, May 13, 2013


MP Larry Miller's new "bulk water bill" is ready to receive Royal Assent and become law.

Bill C-383 passed third reading in the Senate this week.
Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MP Larry Miller presented the private members bill in December of 2012.

The Transboundary Waters Protection Act, has now been passed by both the House of Commons and the Senate.

It will ensure that all waters under federal jurisdiction are protected from bulk water removal while complementing provincial protections that are already in place.

The bill also contains punitive measures for those who violate the measures that are set out in the act.

Miller says Protecting our water from bulk export is something that constituents in his riding and indeed all Canadians are very concerned about.

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.

And even when reviewed at committee meetings, only minor housekeeping changes were made.

The Conservative MP says it is incredible to see the amount of support that his bill has received from both sides of the House.

The bill was supported 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.

No word on when Bill C-383 will actually get Royal Assent and become law.



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