Liberals, NDP, Bloc defeat Conservative environment legislation

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OTTAWA – The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Conservative Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Communities, issued the following statement after the Liberals, NDP, and Bloc teamed up to defeat his Private Member’s Bill that would end the practice of dumping untreated wastewater into our rivers, lakes and oceans:

“Once again, Justin Trudeau is all talk when it comes to the environment. By defeating this bill, the Liberals are giving the green light to cities across the country to continue polluting vital fish habitat.

“Unfortunately, this vote shouldn’t surprise Canadians. In 2015, Environment Minister, Catherine McKenna allowed the City of Montreal to dump 8 billion liters of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River. Currently, the federal minister can grant permission to municipalities to dump raw sewage into waterways. This bill would have removed that authority. The Liberal’s would rather continue this practice than take action to end it. It’s shameful.

“It is time we stop the dumping of raw sewage once and for all. If Canadians are happy that municipalities are allowed to pollute rivers, lakes and oceans, you have three parties to choose from. If you want to stop raw sewage from being dumped, you have one choice: Canada’s Conservatives.”


For more information:

Office of the Hon. Andrew Scheer, M.P.