04 Dec Environmental Bill of Rights enters Parliament
By Adam Driedzic
Look forward to 2010, especially the list of Private Members’ business in the House of Commons. An Environmental Bill of Rights has passed first reading and is entitled to debate in the house. Bill C-469 combines substantive rights to healthy environment with procedural rights to increased public participation in the lawmaking process. With similar legislation already in place in several U.S. states and four Canadian jurisdictions, rights-based environmental protection is becoming a new hallmark of democratic society. Historical documents show that Ottawa has recognized public support for environmental rights since at least the early 1990s.
Bill C-469 was introduced on October 29, 2009 by Linda Duncan (NDP).