41st Parliament, 1st Session – September 17, 2012

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

I would like to invite the sponsor of the bill, who claims to care about conservation and developing our parks, to join us in urging the Conservative government to maintain Parks Canada’s budget, to provide adequate funding for science and research, to maintain the Experimental Lakes Area program, and, most importantly, to implement a workable policy for fighting and adapting to climate change.”

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Ms. Megan Leslie (Halifax, NDP):

“Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives had the entire summer to listen to Canadians and reconsider their decision to close the Experimental Lakes Area. They will be abandoning several years of investment in research, which helped ban phosphates and combat acid rain and could help us better understand the effects of exploiting the oil sands.

We know that the Conservatives do not want to understand, but why deprive Canadians of this expertise?”

Hon. Peter Kent (Minister of the Environment, CPC):

“Mr. Speaker, we are not closing the Experimental Lakes Area.

We have made it very clear to all stakeholders and interested parties that the intent is not to close the Experimental Lakes Area. Environment Canada will assist the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in finding a suitable organization or a consortium to manage operations so that research by the academic community can continue.”

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Mr. Kennedy Stewart (Burnaby—Douglas, NDP):

“Mr. Speaker, the reality is that the Conservatives are attacking scientific funding and research right across the board. After getting rid of his science adviser, ending the Experimental Lakes Area and cutting Canada’s ozone network, this summer the Prime Minister went on to give us the punch line to this sad joke:

-[t]hings are evaluated on an independent basis, scientifically, and not simply on political critera.

Could the Minister of State for Science and Technology name one policy decision where he was in fact guided by science and not politics?”

Hon. Gary Goodyear (Minister of State (Science and Technology) (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario), CPC):

Mr. Speaker, this government has increased support for science and technology, and research and development at every single opportunity we have had, including eight billion new dollars since 2006. Every single time the NDP has voted against it. In fact, I want to welcome the member to the science and technology file because none of this was in his party’s election platform. Welcome to the 1990s at least.”

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Mr. Kevin Lamoureux (Winnipeg North, Lib.):

“Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to table a petition today with regard to the experimental lakes area. The decision of the government to close the EL research station is bad for our aquatic ecosystem.

The petitioners ask the government to reconsider its decision and reinstate this very important research that is critical to Canada’s development as an environmentally friendly policy.”

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