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In keeping with his background as a biologist Richard Cannings has this week introduced two private members bills to the House of Commons, which are meant protect the environment.

The first would create the Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights. This Bill would guarantee that people have the right to live in a healthy environment. It would also allow for public participation in decision-making about the environment.

The second would restore protection for some lakes and rivers that were lost under the former Conservative government. It would cover most waterways in Cannings riding, South Okanagan–West Kootenay, including the Okanagan and Kettle rivers and Slocan rivers. Also, Osoyoos and Skaha lakes.

Canada’s pride is built on a healthy environment. It is important that we enshrine the right of healthy environments in our legal systems. Cannings stated in a press release that the well-being of our communities and ourselves depends on it.

Canada is not taking the necessary bold steps to address environmental crises. The government promised to take action, and I am hopeful that these two measures will be implemented and made into law.

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Cannings has another private members bill that is being worked through the legislative process. It would require the government’s use of wood in the construction new public buildings.

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