SAANICH, BC – On world water day, MP Randall Garrison stated his strong support for better protection for water and his concern that the Liberal Government’s recent attempt to restore federal environmental protection to water does not go far enough.


“I am concerned that with so many details left unclear in the Liberal’s recent legislation, projects like Kinder Morgan, which are clearly wrong for our coast and put our water in grave danger, will continue to be approved.”


“Despite promising a completely new review process for Kinder Morgan, the Liberal Government approved it in 2016 under the old, rubber-stamp NEB system, a system which they are now seeking to replace with the introduction of Bill C-69. With so many questions left unanswered about this new legislation, my New Democrat colleagues and I are afraid that the Liberals will continue to approve projects that put our environment and water at risk, while making it impossible for us to meet our greenhouse gas reduction targets.”


Hoping the legislation can be improved at the committee stage, Randall Garrison voted on Monday for Bill C-69, An Act to Enact the Impact Assessment and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, to Amend the Navigation Protection Act and to Make Consequential Amendments to other Acts, to pass second reading and be examined at committee.


Randall Garrison has sought to restore protections to the rivers, lakes, and streams in Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke several times since the previous Conservative Government made drastic changes to the Navigable Waters Protection Act, and left all of the rivers, lakes, and streams on Vancouver Island without federal environmental protection. Most recently, Garrison introduced two bills that sought to return the main watersheds in his riding protected.


On World Water Day, Randall Garrison commends the activists who are working hard to protect the water in Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke. From the salmon counting fence volunteers, to the citizens exercising their right to protest the Kinder Morgan pipeline, and the stewards watching over streams and rivers, residents are working hard to protect what they love, and they deserve to have robust federal laws backing their efforts.