Article – “Why is Harper Selling Canada’s Fresh Water Supply to Corporations”

Oct 21, 2023

Why is Harper Selling Canada’s Fresh Water Supply to Corporations? by Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, Council of Canadians > -References below:

“Stephen Harper has just signed the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), and Canadians who care about our freshwater heritage should be deeply concerned..”

“The Harper government has gutted every regulation and law we had in place to protect our freshwater supplies. Now this deregulation is locked in as corporations from Europe as well as the U.S. can soon claim to have invested in an environment without water protection rules and sue any future government that tries to undo the damage.”

Why is Harper Letting the EU Profit From Canadian Water?

Harper government behind recent manoeuvres to block the United Nations Human Rights Council from recognizing water as a basic human right for Canadians>

Stephen Harper’s government is using free trade deals to allow foreign interests to privatize our Canadian water supply, and is using foreign policy to make sure that we have NO RIGHT TO WATER. >

“CUPE was at the United Nation in Geneva drawing international attention to the Harper Conservative’s efforts to privatize Canada’s municipal water and wastewater systems, and the threat this poses to the accessibility of safety public water for all Canadians.

OPEN YOUR EYES! Watch The Documentary Film, ‘Sacred Spirit of Water’ >< the film provides insight on how the Harper government Omnibus Bills, Privatization of Water, Hydraulic Fracking will impact all of us, and most significantly, create awareness into what our children and grandchildren will be dealt as a result of the aftermath.

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Harper government removes protection from 99% of Canada’s 2.5 million lakes and rivers– except in Conservative ridings >,

harper government removes water protection from historic law

Harper’s omnibus ‘Budget’ Bill C-45 that passed Guts 99% of Canada’s Protected Rivers and Lakes – Conservatives Toss Out 130 Year-Old ‘Navigation Water Protection Act’ to Speed Up Pipeline Construction- Over 99% of Canada’s waterways are now unprotected – Canada HAD over 2.5 million protected lakes, and over 8,500 protected rivers. Canada now has ONLY 97 Protected lakes and 62 protected rivers. (90 per cent of the total of 159 protected lakes and rivers are on conservative riding territory)

ESSENTIAL READING: Bill C-45 A Love Letter to Harper From the Oil Industry >>>

“The Act which previously provided basic protection for our Canadian waters was eliminated and its replacement is called the Navigation Protection Act. Notice first that the word “water” has been removed from the title; that will give you insight into the meat of this Act. This is a continuation of the Harper government’s abandonment of responsibility to protect water and water habitats. This new acts leaves 99.9 per cent of our rivers and 99.7 per cent of our lakes without basic protection.” >

“It means the removal of almost every lake and river we know from the Navigable Waters Protection Act. From one day to the next we went from 2.5 million protected lakes and rivers in Canada to 159 lakes and rivers protected. You name the river, you name the lake and it is no longer protected by this act, and this has nothing to do with the budget that the government rammed through, it has everything to do with pipelines, because you are able to now are able to ruin navigation and not trigger an environmental assessment.”

“90% of 159 lakes and rivers that will now be designated as protected are in 1% conservative ridings- The list of lakes includes those surrounded by wealthy cottagers north of Toronto, in the Muskoka district of the riding held by conservative Tony Clement. Among them is Lake Rosseau, where Hollywood celebrities, business moguls and NHL stars perch on its banks.

Stephen Harper’s conservative government guts Canada’s environmental protections, water protection act, fishery act, and wild life act >

“Harper’s second monster budget bill dismantled environmental reviews, gutted the Fisheries Act, eliminated wildlife habitat protection, repealed the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act, reduced the powers of the auditor general, dissolved the Public Appointments Commission meant to fight patronage, and restricted food safety inspections. Thousands of lakes and rivers are not covered any more by the Navigable Waters Protection Act, the Environmental Assessment Act has been shredded, and fish habitat protection disappeared from the Fisheries Act.”

“Rather rather than providing the funding needed for First Nations water infrastructure needs, the Harper government has instead seen privatization as a quick fix for the water crisis in First Nations communities and has promoted public-private partnerships through its federal budgets.” >

It’s Official. Stephen Harper is Privatizing Our Water

“So, at one extreme you have indigenous, tribal societies trying to stem the race to disaster. At the other extreme, the richest, most powerful societies in world history, like the United States and Canada, are racing full-speed ahead to destroy the environment as quickly as possible.” — Noam Chomsky >>

Indigenous rights are the best defence against Canada’s resource rush > “First Nations people – and the decision of Canadians to stand alongside them – will determine the fate of the planet.”

A living entity, water should have some rights of its own

Why Our Water Is At Risk

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