MP Ted Falk Seconds Bill to Protect Canadian Waterways and Ecosystems

Steinbach, MB – Ted Falk, Member of Parliament for Provencher, has seconded a bill to protect Canada’s waterways and ecosystems.

Introduced by Conservative MP Andrew Scheer, Bill C-269, an Act to Amend the Fisheries Act (prohibition – deposit of raw sewage), would ban the dumping of raw sewage into Canada’s rivers, lakes, and oceans.

Since 2013, nearly 900 billion litres of raw sewage has been pumped into Canadian waterways and the amount of raw sewage being vented is increasing every year. Among the more notable examples, in 2015, the Liberal government authorized the City of Montreal to dump 8 billion litres of raw sewage into the Saint Lawrence River.

“This bill will make it illegal to dump untreated wastewater into any body of water that contains fish habitat,” Falk noted. “It also removes the power of federal ministers to give permits to municipalities to dump raw sewage into Canada’s waterways.”

Bill C-269 also takes into consideration that it will take time for some municipalities to upgrade their wastewater systems. The coming-into-force component of this bill allows municipalities that may not yet have the capacity to fully treat the water they expel the time they need to do so.

“Canadians have inherited such a rich natural heritage, especially when it comes to our water resources,” said Falk. “When we respect our waterways, we can expect to see benefits both to human health and the health of our ecosystems.”