Federal Government Promotes Strong Protection for Water in the Great Lakes / St. Lawrence Basin

Ottawa, January 11, 2005 – The Government of Canada has made a submission to the Council of Great Lakes Governors, which includes Ontario and Quebec, encouraging the Great Lakes states and provinces to provide the same level of protection of water in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence basin as that already provided by Canada, Ontario and Quebec. The submission is in response to the proposed Great Lakes Charter Annex implementing agreements currently being negotiated by the Great Lakes states and provinces. Canadian federal law prohibits out-of-basin transfers of boundary waters in bulk, a ban the Government of Canada is committed to keeping in place.

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