The Great Lakes, shown from space. Photograph courtesy of NASA, the Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE
With the release of the federal budget 2017, this week is a real opportunity for our current government to send a message to the rest of the world that, despite the current political climate, we take our fresh water seriously, we are working together, and that Canada is still a leading force in environmental protection.
A joint fact-finding process is a dispute-resolution tool that works.
This week the House Government Operations Committee will hear from no less than four experts representing countries that have much better laws: the U.S., U.K., Australia, and Ireland. The comparisons these experts can offer will be eye-opening, since the Canadian system simply does not protect whistleblowers from reprisals.
In recent months, a number of energy multinationals have withdrawn investment from Alberta in favour of cheaper, more accessible sources of shale oil elsewhere, mostly in Texas.