April 22, 1980 (32nd Parliament, 1st Session)


Terence James (Terry) Sargeant

New Democratic Party

Mr. Terry Sargeant (Selkirk-Interlake):

Madam Speaker, I rise, under the provisions of Standing Order 43, on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity.
In light of the evidence that conclusively shows the implementation of the Garrison diversion unit in North Dakota in its present form will cause an estimated $6 million worth of damage annually to the Manitoba commercial fishing industry, and that it will force Manitoba municipalities to pay tens of thousands of dollars each year for the chemical treatment of their water supplies, and in light of the mounting pressure on United States President Jimmy Carter to approve this project, despite the proven harmful environmental effects on Canada, I move, seconded by the hon. member for Winnipeg-Birds Hill (Mr. Blaikie):
That this House instruct the Secretary of State for External Affairs that he should firmly and forcefully remind his American counterpart, during their discussions tomorrow, that the Canadian government expects the United States to honour its commitment under the Boundary Waters Treaty not to pollute to the injury of Canadian health or property and, further, the minister should advise Mr. Vance that the Canadian government is not prepared to accept a Garrison diversion project that permits damaging interbasin biological transfers.

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