41st PARLIAMENT, 1st SESSION – October 16, 2012

Ms. Laurin Liu (Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, NDP):

“Mr. Speaker, I am presenting a petition in which the petitioners are calling on the Government of Canada to recognize the importance of the Experimental Lakes Area to the Government of Canada’s mandate to study, preserve and protect aquatic ecosystems.

The petitioners are also calling on the government to reverse the decision to close the Experimental Lakes Area research station.

Lastly, they are calling on the government to continue to employ research staff and provide financial resources to the Experimental Lakes Area.”

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Ms. Kirsty Duncan (Etobicoke North, Lib.):

“Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present this petition to save the world-renowned and unique Experimental Lakes Area with 58 lakes and watersheds. Since its founding, the ELA has been a global leader in conducting whole ecosystem experiments, which have been critical to understanding harmful acid rain, algae blooms, methylmercury and shaping public policy. The ELA is needed to continue to find solutions to the problems that affect safe drinking water, lakes and fish populations.

The petitioners call on the government to reverse the decision to close the ELA research station and continue to staff and provide financial resources at the current or higher level of commitment.”

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Ms. Megan Leslie (Halifax, NDP):

“Mr. Speaker, I have thousands upon thousands of signatures on a petition concerning the Experimental Lakes Area. The petitioners are predominantly from Manitoba but there are petitioners from across Canada. The thousands of signatures clearly indicate how many people are very concerned about the Experimental Lakes Area.

The petitioners are asking the government to reverse the decision to close the ELA research station and continue to staff and provide financial resources to the ELA at current or higher levels of commitment. I am sure all the petitioners are waiting for an answer from the minister, as am I. I am proud to submit this petition.”

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Mr. Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley, NDP):

“Mr. Speaker, I, too, have a petition with a number of signatures mostly from Ontario and some from Manitoba calling on the government to reverse its ill-imagined decision to shut down what was a world-renowned scientific research laboratory. Canada’s Experimental Lakes Area is unique and, in fact, had received praise from the scientific community across the planet for its work on protecting freshwater sources. This is something that is near and dear to the hearts of not only these petitioners but Canadians from coast to coast to coast. Such short-sighted cuts to such programs as this hurt the long-term security not only of our environment and economy but the very fabric that holds this country together.”

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

“Mr. Speaker, I have three petitioners to present today.

The first petition is also on the Experimental Lakes Area. The residents of Kenora and Dryden really want the ELA to be saved, to put the bottom line to it.”

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Mr. François Choquette (Drummond, NDP):

“Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions to present today.

The first concerns the Experimental Lakes research lab. The petitioners want the government to preserve the Experimental Lakes Area and to reverse its decision to cut it. According to a recent poll, water is the most important natural resource to all Canadians. We must protect this resource, and that is what this research lab does. It makes water its top priority so that we can have good-quality water. That is why I am presenting this petition.”

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Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP):

“Mr. Speaker, my second petition is in regard to the Experimental Lakes Area. As we all know, scientific knowledge is absolutely essential if we are going to preserve our fish, habitat and freshwater.

The petitioners are asking the Government of Canada to reverse the decision regarding the closure of this project and to find the financial resources to enhance it.”

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Ms. Jinny Jogindera Sims (Newton—North Delta, NDP):

“Mr. Speaker, it is my privilege today to rise and present a petition on behalf of Canadians who are very concerned about water security and what steps, or lack of steps, the government is taking.

The petitioners are calling on the government to 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.

We all recognize the value of water and the petitioners are very concerned.”

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Ms. Nycole Turmel (Hull—Aylmer, NDP):

“Mr. Speaker, I also want to present a petition signed by a number of people from Alberta to save the Experimental Lakes Area research station and our ecosystem.

As a number of my colleagues have mentioned, it is very important to provide the necessary funding and staff for this research station. It must continue its research, which can be used internationally.”

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Ms. Mylène Freeman (Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel, NDP):

“Mr. Speaker, I am also rising to present a petition calling on the government to reverse the decision to close the Experimental Lakes Area research station given that the ELA provides essential scientific knowledge for the development of policies that ensures the future health of freshwater in this country and internationally. That is a question of public health.”

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Mr. Dennis Bevington (Western Arctic, NDP):

“Mr. Speaker, I, too, join in the theme of the petitions on saving the ELA, Canada’s freshwater research station.

I present this petition from a number of Canadians who are very concerned about this issue.”

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Mr. Jonathan Genest-Jourdain (Manicouagan, NDP):

“Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present a petition on the need to continue the Experimental Lakes Area program. The petition, signed by Albertans, is a testament to the spiritual and cultural connection that Canadians have to our country’s drinking water supply.”

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 Mr. Jasbir Sandhu (Surrey North, NDP):

“Mr. Speaker, I, too, join my colleagues in presenting a petition this morning signed by many people across this country.

The petitioners would like to draw the attention of this House to the Experimental Lakes Area research station which is a unique facility that provides research and education in regard to freshwater.

The petitioners call upon the government to recognize the importance of the ELA to the Government of Canada’s mandate to study, preserve and protect aquatic ecosystems, and also to reverse the decision to close the ELA research station.”

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Mr. Guy Caron (Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques, NDP):

“Mr. Speaker, today I would like to present a petition on behalf of many Canadians who oppose closing the Experimental Lakes Area research station. I am passionate about this because, as my colleagues probably know, I am presently fighting cuts to science at the Maurice Lamontagne Institute. I am pleased to support Canadians by presenting this motion, which opposes the closing of this research station.”

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Ms. Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Beauharnois—Salaberry, NDP):

“Mr. Speaker, I am also presenting a petition signed by many Albertans who want the government to reverse its decision to close the Experimental Lakes Area research station in the Great Lakes area. Closing this research station will mean that the data collected and published by many government experts will be lost. The expertise will also be lost. I support all these petitioners.”

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 Mr. Sylvain Chicoine (Châteauguay—Saint-Constant, NDP)

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to also present a petition signed by dozens of Canadians who disagree with the government’s decision to close the Experimental Lakes Area research station. The petition basically recognizes the excellent freshwater research carried out at this station, which has gained international recognition for its quality work. We are therefore asking the government to reverse its decision to close the Experimental Lakes Area and to maintain funding in order to continue the research and support the excellent work being done there.”

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 Mr. Francis Scarpaleggia (Lac-Saint-Louis, Lib.):

“…We know we have a problem when the budget bill does much more than cut programs that should not be cut. Of course, we are upset that the government cut the world renowned Experimental Lakes Area program. Quite frankly, it is the greatest laboratory in the world for freshwater research. We are upset about that, but it was a budget decision. Any budget bill by a government intent on destroying water science would include that kind of measure…”