41st PARLIAMENT, 1st SESSION – October 3, 2012

Mr. Dennis Bevington (Western Arctic, NDP):

“Mr. Speaker, I wish to present a petition from my constituents to the House of Commons and Parliament assembled.

We, the undersigned residents of Canada, draw the attention of the House to the following: freshwater is essential for life and vital to social, spiritual and economic well-being of Canadians; Canada’s Experimental Lakes Area is a unique, world-renowned facility for freshwater research and education; and since 1968, ELA has been a global leader in conducting all ecosystem experiments that have been critical in shaping environmental policy and understanding human impacts on lakes and fishes.

Therefore, the petitioners call upon the Government of Canada to recognize the importance of the ELA to the Government of Canada’s mandate to study, preserve and protect aquatic ecosystems, reverse the decision to close the ELA research station and continue to staff and provide financial–”

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Hon. Irwin Cotler (Mount Royal, Lib.):

“Mr. Speaker, the second petition is from Canadians in southern Ontario who have expressed grave concern regarding the government’s decision to close the Experimental Lakes Area research station near Kenora, Ontario, where the ELA is a one-of-a-kind global leader in environmental research and has played a key role in shaping national and international environmental policy.”

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

“Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions today.

The first petition is from residents of Kenora, Ontario, who are very concerned about the government’s announced closure of the ELA, the Experimental Lakes Area. It is a unique area, studying lakes, rivers and fish.

The petitioners join over 24,000 other Canadians in this petition.”