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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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Devon Jacobs, right, with Monte Solberg and Jim Armour at the 2012 Manning Networking Conference.

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Devon Jacobs with Liberal MP Scott Simms.

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Devon Jacobs with former colleague Jim Patrick, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Liberal MP Mauril Belanger at the 2013 all-party party.

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Devon Jacobs, centre, with Conservative MPs (from left) Susan Truppe, Colin Carrie, Ted Opitz, Lynne Yelich and Eve Adams.

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