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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.

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Saturday, April 25, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Vickers honoured at Douglas C. Frith dinner April 2, 2015

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The Château Laurier Ballroom was packed on Tuesday, March 31 for the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians dinner.
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The evening began with RCMP Cpl. Craig Kennedy's rendition of O Canada.
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Ambassador to Ireland Kevin Vickers was recognized as an honorary member of CAFP for his heroism as the Sergeant at Arms during the Oct. 22 shooting.
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Peter O'Brian, Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett and Steve Paikin.
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Rob Nicholson and former Liberal MP Sue Barnes.
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Conservative MP Dean Allison.
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Kevin Vickers and Conservative MP Ray Boughen.
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International Union of Operating Engineers' Steven Schumann and Canadian Labour's Nathan Rotman.
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House Deputy Speaker Joe Comartin.
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Mary Dawson, Senator David Smith, and Sharon Sholzberg-Gray.
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Senator Art Eggleton and Conservative MP Earl Dreeshen.
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Independent MP Brent Rathgeber in conversation with TVO's Steve Paikin.
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Andrew Cardozo, Pearson Centre president.
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Conservative MP Jay Aspin and Kevin Vickers.
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Lobbyist Leo Duguay.
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TVO host and author Steve Paikin gave an impassioned speech on what he's learned about the allure of public life.

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