41st PARLIAMENT, 1st SESSION – November 7, 2012

Hon. Geoff Regan (Halifax West, Lib.):

“Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise and present a petition from 56 people, most of whom are from my riding of Halifax West, but some also from the remainder of Halifax and from the province of Quebec.

The petitioners call upon the Government of Canada to recognize the importance of the Environmental Lakes Area to the Government of Canada’s mandate to study, preserve and protect aquatic ecosystems, reverse the decision to close the ELA research station and to continue to staff and provide financial resources to the ELA at the current or higher level of commitment. I thank them for this petition.”

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Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP):

“Mr. Speaker, the other petition has also been signed by thousands of Canadians. They call on the House to save the ELA, Canada’s leading freshwater research station. They call on the House to recognize the importance of the ELA to the Government of Canada’s mandate to study, preserve and protect aquatic ecosystems. The petitioners ask that the government reverse its decision to close the ELA research station and to continue to staff and provide financial resources to the ELA at current or higher levels of commitment.”