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Water export: serious threat or convenient distraction

There are few public policy objectives that command greater consensus in Canada than the principle that we should not permit the bulk removal of water from its natural basins.

TORONTO—The media love the topic of bulk water export. It has all the necessary ingredients of a good story—potential conflict, behind-the-scenes maneouvering, and international intrigue. Federal governments have twice introduced legislation to prevent water export, just ahead of the 1988 "free trade" election, and again just ahead of the recent 2011 election. In both cases, the bills were allowed to die a quiet and unnoticed death with the subsequent election call.

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Water export: serious threat or convenient distraction

There are few public policy objectives that command greater consensus in Canada than the principle that we should not permit the bulk removal of water from its natural basins.

TORONTO—The media love the topic of bulk water export. It has all the necessary ingredients of a good story—potential conflict, behind-the-scenes maneouvering, and international intrigue. Federal governments have twice introduced legislation to prevent water export, just ahead of the 1988 "free trade" election, and again just ahead of the recent 2011 election. In both cases, the bills were allowed to die a quiet and unnoticed death with the subsequent election call.

  

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
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The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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