41st Parliament, 1st Session – June 19, 2012

Mr. Ted Hsu (Kingston and the Islands, Lib.):

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to present a petition about the Experimental Lakes Area.

As many people know, this is an area in northern Ontario consisting of over 50 lakes, which is internationally renowned as an area where freshwater ecosystems and the effect of pollution on freshwater ecosystems are studied in their whole over a period of many years and decades. It is a unique laboratory for studying the freshwater ecosystems that we need here in Canada to live.

The petitioners ask the federal government to not cut federal funding for the Experimental Lakes Area.”

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Mr. François Lapointe (Montmagny—L’Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup, NDP):

On the Experimental Lakes Area, Mr. Del Giorgio, a professor of biology, said:

“This is a disaster of proportions…that are hard to describe. It is not just the Canadian scientific community that is completely outraged; people from all over the world are sending petitions”

The government is shutting down the Experimental Lakes Area, not just slashing its budget.

For two weeks, we were simply gagged on that as well.”

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