OTTAWA, Nov. 17, 2011 /CNW/ - Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Poilievre
has been asked by the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities, to advise the Minister on ballast water
management for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System. Today, the
parliamentary secretary issued the following statement:
"Our government's top priority is the economy, and we are very concerned
about New York State's upcoming unachievable ballast water requirements
for the St. Lawrence Seaway, impeding Canada's domestic trade, as well
as our trade with the United States of America. The new requirements
could affect almost $11 billion in business revenue and over 72,000
jobs on both sides of the border.
"Because of potentially far-reaching effects on the environment and the
economy, Canada has strong rules and regulations in place that will
reduce the risk of aquatic species invasions. In fact, there have been
no new species attributed to ballast water reported in the Great Lakes
"On Friday, I will travel to New York to speak with state officials and
marine industry stakeholders regarding upcoming requirements for
ballast water for the St. Lawrence Seaway that are unattainable."
"The issue of New York ballast water regulations threatens jobs on both
sides of the border," added Minister Lebel. "Parliamentary Secretary
Poilievre will focus efforts on this crucial subject. I look forward to
regular updates as he advances this file."
More information on ballast water can be found at http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/mediaroom/backgrounders-b11-hs007-6535.htm.
Reminder: Parliamentary Secretary Poilievre will be available via teleconference
to answer questions on this issue at 11:00 a.m. (EST). Please call
Transport Canada Media Relations to be part of the teleconference.
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Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
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