41st Parliament, 1st Session – June 20, 2012

Mr. John Rafferty (Thunder Bay—Rainy River, NDP):

“Mr. Speaker, I rise in the House to present a petition regarding Canada’s leading freshwater research station signed by constituents of the riding of Kenora.

The petitioners are calling upon the Government of Canada to recognize the importance of ELA to the Government of Canada’s mandate to study, preserve and protect aquatic ecosystems.”

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Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.):

“Mr. Speaker, I rise to present a petition from residents in metro Vancouver, including my riding of Vancouver Quadra, who are against the shutting down of funding for Canada’s Experimental Lakes Area.

The petitioners call upon the government to recognize the importance of the ELA and to reverse this decision.”

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Ms. Chris Charlton (Hamilton Mountain, NDP):

“Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to present a petition today from people all over the Golden Horseshoe who are concerned that Canada is abandoning its mandate to study, preserve and protect aquatic ecosystems by closing the Experimental Lakes Area research station.

The petitioners point out that the ELA is a unique world-renowned facility for freshwater research and education. Since 1968, it has been a global leader in conducting whole ecosystem experiments which have been critical in shaping environmental policy and understanding human impacts on lakes and fish.

It is for those reasons that the petitioners call upon the government to continue to staff and provide–”

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Mr. Bruce Hyer (Thunder Bay—Superior North, Ind.):

“Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to table two petitions today.

The first petition is on behalf of residents from Kenora, Ontario who want to save the Experimental Lakes Area from being shut down. The petitioners are very concerned that the loss of such a unique research site will be a blow to the Kenora region, the country and the world.

The second petition is also on the ELA but it is from residents of Saskatchewan. There are dozens of residents from Saskatchewan who care about this station far away from them.”

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Mr. Glenn Thibeault (Sudbury, NDP):

“Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to rise today to present these petitions from my constituents who want to save the Experimental Lakes Area in Kenora. They recognize the importance of the ELA to the Government of Canada’s mandate to study, preserve and protect aquatic ecosystems and they want the government to reverse its decision to close the ELA station.”