Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation applauds our Members of Parliament
for protecting Canada's fresh water resources.
TORONTO, Feb. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - Yesterday the House of Commons
unanimously passed a bill to prevent the bulk export of Canada's
boundary and transboundary waters. Bill C-383, An Act to amend the
International Boundary Waters Treaty Act and the International River
Improvements Act, passed third reading and is now on its way to the
"For over a decade the Gordon Foundation has sought to protect Canada's
fresh water supply. We are pleased to see such support for this Bill
and the inclusion of a strong prohibition on bulk water exports," says
Thomas Axworthy, president and CEO of the Walter and Duncan Gordon
Under the direction of Adèle Hurley, in 2008 the Program On Water Issues
(POWI) at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto,
created "A Model Act for Preserving Canada's Waters," which presented a
blueprint for preventing the bulk export of fresh water. Ms. Hurley and
her colleague J. Owen Saunders, members of the Canadian Water Issues
Council, a project of POWI, provided insight to the Standing Committee
on Foreign Affairs and International Development on October 25, 2012,
when Bill C-383 was in review.
"POWI has been a real leader in bringing together scientists, lawyers
and environmentalists to utilize their expertise for the important goal
of preventing bulk water exports," says Mr. Axworthy. "POWI has been
the intellectual leader in this domain and for that reason we are proud
of our long term support of this institution."
The Gordon Foundation would also like to congratulate Larry Miller, the
Member of Parliament for Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound, who advanced this
Private Member's Bill, and has worked so hard to see it supported with
such resounding enthusiasm by his colleagues in Parliament.
In its current iteration, the International Boundary Waters Treaty Act
contains protections for boundary waters—those that straddle the
border—but not transboundary waters—those that flow across the
boundary. The amendments outlined in Bill C-383 extend the same
protections to transboundary waters as those currently in place for
straddling water bodies such as the Great Lakes.
Including protections for transboundary waters within federal
legislation greatly strengthens the protection of fresh water across
the country. With Bill C-383 in place Canada's fresh water resources
will be considerably better protected from bulk exports.
The Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation is dedicated to the development of sound and innovative public policies
in two key areas: protecting Canada's fresh water supply and
strengthening Arctic voices in public dialogue. The Foundation aims to
elevate public dialogue, inform decision makers and have a positive
impact on policy. For over a decade the Gordon Foundation has supported
the development of a comprehensive legal, regulatory and citizen action
framework for the purpose of protecting the quality and quantity of
fresh water resources for future generations of Canadians. The
Foundation was established in 1965 by former finance minister and
chartered accountant Walter Gordon, his wife Elizabeth (née Counsell),
and his brother Duncan, also a chartered accountant.
SOURCE: Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation
For further information:
To interview Thomas Axworthy, please contact:
Director of Communications
The Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation
To interview Adèle Hurley, please contact:
Chief of Communications
Munk School of Global Affairs | University of Toronto