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Conservatives are Sending Mixed Signals on Bulk Water Sales – An Interview with Mark Holland

by NationTalk on May 9, 2007800 Views

OTTAWA, ON, May 8 – In an interview on water.ca, Liberal MP (Ajax-Pickering) Mark Holland said that the export of bulk water in any fashion, including diversions and removals, is not acceptable. Canada is very fortunate to have great amounts of water, but they should not be taken for granted, especially in the context of climate change and the uncertain effects it will have on our environment. Bulk water exports are dangerous to our environment and natural ecology. Of great concern to Mr. Holland and to his party, are the recent meetings held under the North American Prosperity Partnership where bulk water sales were being discussed. According to Mr. Holland, in delegating government bureaucrats to this meeting, the Conservatives are sending a mixed signal which threatens our very sovereignty over Canadian water resources. The fact that these meetings were held behind closed doors, did not include other parties and were not made public is also very disturbing.

It would be wise and prudent, according to Mr. Holland, to have a National Water Policy not only to reiterate our opposition to bulk water sales, but also in terms of our domestic consumption and the impact of global warming on our water resources.

Other topics discussed during the interview include the need to give Canadian cities the powers and resources they need to manage issues such as infrastructure renewal; and the absolute importance of dealing with the horrible water problems in native communities.

For a more detailed account of this interview, you are invited to log onto water.ca where all interviews are posted in their entirety.

Water.ca is an online information service dedicated to the preservation of Canada’s water. The site also features an interactive map pinpointing all water advisories across the country, and a Red Button Service to alert communities faced with a water crisis.

For further information: Matt Armstrong, (613) 225-5353, armstrong.water@gmail.com

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