August 29, 1988 (33rd Parliament, 2nd Session)


Herbert Eser (Herb) Gray (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)


Hon. Herb Gray (Windsor West):

Mr. Speaker, in answer to an earlier question the Hon. Minister boasted about the Environmental Protection Act passed by the Government being in force on June 30. Yet he has been unable to explain why it had no impact in preventing the disaster at Saint-Basile-le-Grand. The Minister also said that the storage of PCBs at Saint-Basile-le-Grand was primarily a provincial responsibility.
Why was it that on August 26, in the Ottawa Citizen, the following quote was attributed to the Minister of the Environment:
There's a collective responsibility between the federal government and the provinces to ensure that people's health is secure in the face of this kind of possibility," McMillan said.
He was speaking about the catastrophe at Saint-Basile-le-Grande. Why is the Minister contradicting his colleague, the Minister of the Environment, in not accepting the reality that there is a federal responsibility in these matters as in Saint-Basile-le-Grand and across the country? Why is the Government not accepting that responsibility and taking action, not only to prevent cases like that in Saint-Basile-le-Grand but to prevent future cases across the country since it has supposedly an inventory of PCB storage sites all across this land?

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