It’s time to protect every lake, every river Urgent: On Monday, March 19 your MP will vote on the proposed Canadian Navigable Waters Act. Please take a moment to call on your MP to vote down this weak legislation in favour of the far stronger protections for lakes and rivers

Dear Anna, I am writing to share some urgent news with you about the Trudeau government’s proposed Canadian Navigable Waters Act (CNWA). After just two days of debate, the Liberal government introduced a ‘Time Allocation’ motion last month shutting down debate on the CNWA and the rest of Bill C-69. There hasn’t been enough debate on this complex, 400-page bill and now the bill is moving forward to second reading vote on Monday, March 19 at 6:45 p.m. The proposed changes for the CNWA fall short of the Trudeau government’s 2015 promise of restoring protections and implementing modern safeguards. The act still exempts pipeline projects like Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline and the risks it poses to the 1,355 waterways it crosses. Send a letter to your Member of Parliament or call your Member of Parliament before Monday’s vote to urge them to scrap the proposed CNWA and table much strong legislation that enshrines the UN-recognized human rights to water and sanitation and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. I am also excited to share with you the updated video for our Every Lake, Every River campaign. Please share this video and petition with family and friends so they can add their voice to water protect in their communities. With World Water Day just days away, there is no better time for us to urge our Members of Parliament to take bold action to protect water for today and tomorrow’s generations. Let’s not stop until we get it right on water.

 

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