Wednesday, March 27, 2013



Federal Politics

Bullish on the Environment

NDP forum on impact of deregulations on fisheries April 2 at Evergreen Hall

Released by the NDP


DP MP and Deputy West Coast Fisheries critic Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam) plans to hold a town hall meeting in Chilliwack next Tuesday about the Harper Conservatives' attack on environmental protection.


"The Conservative government has made changes to long-standing legislation that will seriously weaken environmental protection without having a transparent and respectful discussion with Canadians," said Donnelly. "I was asked to provide the people of Chilliwack with a forum to discuss their concerns."

The Conservative government recently rammed through changes in their Budget Implementation Acts (Bill C-45 and Bill C-38) that have gutted the Fisheries Act, Navigable Waters Protection Act and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. These changes have removed "triggers" for environmental assessments, providing less oversight for big industrial projects.

"The natural environment is important to the people of British Columbia," said Donnelly. "Whether you're a recreational fisherman, or a family who enjoys spending a Saturday at Cultus Lake, the weakening of environmental oversight is an issue people are worried about."

Where:  The Slesse Room, Evergreen Hall, 9291 Corbould St., Chilliwack

When: 7 P.M. Tuesday, April 2

For more information, visit


Copyright (c) 2013 The Valley Voice