Bill C-267

Canada Water Preservation Act

An Act respecting the preservation of Canada’s water resources

This bill was tabled by Francis Scarpaleggia on Sept. 20, 2011.

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How does a bill become a law?

Don’t trust Schoolhouse Rock – that’s for Americans. To become a law, a bill in the Canada’s Parliament needs to go through the following steps, and pass when voted on during each step:

  • It all starts with the first reading, when the bill is introduced.
  • Next comes the second reading, when other MPs or Senators get to debate the bill.
  • After that, the bill goes to a committee that studies and amends it line-by-line. Once they finish, the bill goes returns to the House or Senate for the report stage, where anyone can propose amendments.
  • The third reading is the moment of truth: no more changes, just a debate and a final vote on whether or not the bill should pass.
  • If a bill makes it through all of those steps – in both the House of Commons and Senate – it’s ready to get Royal Assent and become a law.

Status of this Bill

Introduction and First Reading

Activity Feed

  • Photo of Francis Scarpaleggia

    Thank you, Chair. ... more

    Oct. 25, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Joe Preston
    Joe Preston spoke about Private Members’ Business > Transboundary Waters Protection Act

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today to lend my support to Bill C-383, the transboundary waters protection act. This bill, introduced by my colleague from Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound, would prohibit the bulk removal of water from transboundary waters, waters that flow across borders. This would strengthen the protections against bulk water removals from boundary waters, waters shared with the United States such as the Great Lakes. ... more

    Oct. 1, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Hélène LeBlanc
    Hélène LeBlanc spoke about Private Members' Business > Transboundary Waters Protection Act

    Mr. Speaker, according to a report by the Conference Board of Canada, Canadians use an average of 300 litres of water a day. Three hundred litres a day when, according to one report, the world average is 20 litres per day. ... more

    June 8, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Bob Dechert
    Bob Dechert spoke about Private Members' Business > Transboundary Waters Protection Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to lend our government's support to my hon. colleague, the member for Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound, and to take a few minutes to discuss what I believe is an important subject for all Canadians. The member for Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound has a long history of working to protect Canadian waters and has been an advocate on behalf of the Great Lakes, for instance, going back many years. ... more

    June 8, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Francis Scarpaleggia
    Francis Scarpaleggia spoke about Private Members' Business > Transboundary Waters Protection Act

    Mr. Speaker, I commend the member for Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound for this legislative initiative intended to better protect Canada's fresh water. The member dares tread where his government has refused to go, namely, toward protecting Canada's fresh water from the future threat of export in bulk. ... more

    June 8, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Water Preservation Act

    The House resumed from March 8 consideration of the motion that Bill C-267, An Act respecting the preservation of Canada’s water resources, be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    March 14, 2012,   Parliament
  • Vote 172
    That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development.
    • Against 99%
      Conservative
    • In favour 100%
      NDP
    • Against 100%
      Bloc
    • In favour 100%
      Liberal
    • In favour 100%
      Green
    March 14, 2012
  • Photo of Francis Scarpaleggia
    Francis Scarpaleggia spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Water Preservation Act

    Mr. Speaker, the Conservative government's opposition to Bill C-267 is puzzling because it amounts to a reversal of its previous public commitments on the issue. ... more

    March 8, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Laurin Liu
    Laurin Liu spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Water Preservation Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak today to Bill C-267, a bill to promote the sustainable and mindful use of water in Canada, and more particularly to prevent the removal of water in bulk from Canada’s major drainage basins. To begin, I would note that we support the bill in principle and we believe it will be possible to remedy certain flaws in the bill in committee. ... more

    March 8, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of François Choquette
    François Choquette spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Water Preservation Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am proud to rise in the House of Commons today to talk about the bill introduced by my colleague and neighbour, the hon. member for Lac-Saint-Louis, Bill C-267, An Act respecting the preservation of Canada’s water resources. ... more

    March 8, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Elizabeth May
    Elizabeth May spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Water Preservation Act

    Mr. Speaker, the issue today is critical. Fresh water is the source of all forms of life on earth. The protection and conservation of fresh water are political issues of the 21st century. Seen from space, Canada has one of the supplies of water in the world, but on the ground the situation is very different. Our water consumption is concentrated in a specific geographic area: 60% of our watercourses flow to the north of the country, but over 90% of the population is concentrated along the southern border. ... more

    March 8, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Water Preservation Act

    The House resumed from November 23, 2011 consideration of the motion that Bill C-267, An Act respecting the preservation of Canada’s water resources, be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    March 8, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Elizabeth May
    Elizabeth May spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Bottled Water

    Mr. Speaker, the last petition is from residents in my riding from Pender Island, Galiano Island and Salt Spring Island. They point out that Parliament should stop the practice of providing bottled water within this institution. The petition ties in slightly with an important bill that we will be debating later today on banning bulk water exports. I certainly hope to speak to that bill, Bill C-267.

    March 8, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Joyce Murray
    Joyce Murray spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Water Preservation Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise and speak in favour of Bill C-267, an act respecting the preservation of Canada’s water resources. ... more

    Nov. 24, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Sean Casey
    Sean Casey spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Water Preservation Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to rise to speak in support of the bill by my colleague from Lac-Saint-Louis, who very kindly attended my riding of Charlottetown not very long ago. We had a very well-attended town hall on water. This is a very important issue right across the country, from coast to coast. The attendance and the participation at that town hall on water and the diversity of the discussion were testament to that. We also had a screening of the Maude Barlow documentary in my riding to fuel the discussion. This is truly a matter of national interest. ... more

    Nov. 24, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Fin Donnelly
    Fin Donnelly spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Water Preservation Act

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak to Bill C-267, the Canada water preservation act. ... more

    Nov. 24, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Frank Valeriote
    Frank Valeriote spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Water Preservation Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise this evening to speak to Bill C-267, An Act respecting the preservation of Canada’s water resources, put forward by my good friend and colleague, the member for Lac-Saint-Louis. ... more

    Nov. 24, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Michelle Rempel
    Michelle Rempel spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Water Preservation Act

    Mr. Speaker, Bill C-267 seeks to prohibit the removal of water in bulk from major drainage basins in Canada. Unfortunately, the bill is fraught with redundancies. I will spend my time today discussing why. I will start by giving the House a sense of the federal role in the shared management of our waters as it applies internationally and domestically. It is a role that is designed to respect both federal and provincial jurisdictions. ... more

    Nov. 24, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Elizabeth May
    Elizabeth May spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Water Preservation Act

    Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I would request unanimous consent of the House that I might have the honour of co-seconding Bill C-267 put forward by the hon. member for Lac-Saint-Louis.

    Nov. 23, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Francis Scarpaleggia
    Francis Scarpaleggia spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Water Preservation Act

    moved that Bill C-267, An Act respecting the preservation of Canada’s water resources, be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    Nov. 23, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Harold Albrecht

    Yes, and I think that's where we come back to the word “clearly”. ... more

    Oct. 18, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Harold Albrecht

    Are there any questions or concerns on Bill C-267? ... more

    Oct. 18, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Harold Albrecht

    Are there any questions or comments regarding Bill C-291? ... more

    Oct. 18, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Francis Scarpaleggia
    Francis Scarpaleggia spoke about Routine Proceedings > Canada Water Preservation Act

    moved for leave to introduce Bill C-267, An Act respecting the preservation of Canada’s water resources. ... more

    Sept. 19, 2011,   Parliament