June 2, 1993 (34th Parliament, 3rd Session)

LIB

Shirley Maheu

Liberal

Mrs. Shirley Maheu (Saint-Laurent-Cartierville):

Madam Speaker, Tioxide Canada, a company that pollutes the waterways of Quebec with no apology whatsoever, has just been fined $4 million, which is peanuts. The company heaved a sigh of relief, because it was expecting a fine of $36 million as well as prison terms for some of its board members. What a difference a fine makes.
Why does the government not impose sentences that would deter effect polluters? Although Environment
Quebec now has two cases pending against Tioxide Canada, the Crown merely rapped the company's knuckles. The Conservative government had a moral obligation to go to the wall on this. This is certainly no way to clean up our environment. The federal government must wake up and impose sentences that will make all polluters think twice. Tomorrow, it will be too late.

Topic:   OFFICIAL REPORT
Subtopic:   TIOXIDE CANADA
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