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HYER Receives UNANIMOUS CONSENT FOR CREATION OF LAKE SUPERIOR NATIONAL MARINE CONSERVATION AREA

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 Bruce Hyer

 THUNDER BAY, ON – June 20, 2015  ----- Thunder Bay-Superior North MP and Green Party Deputy Leader Bruce Hyer successfully sought unanimous consent in the House of Commons today, June 17th, for the passage of Bill C-61, the Lake Superior Marine Conservation Area Act.


MP Hyer said: “After eight years of postponement on a promise made by Prime Minister Harper in Nipigon in 2007, the Conservatives supported my motion to pass Bill C-61. Today I successfully called upon all parties for unanimous consent to pass Bill C-61 before the House of Commons rises. Without my motion, Bill C-61 would have died.  The passage of this Bill is an important milestone, if also passed by the Senate.”  

“I am very excited, as this has been a 35 year project for me. I helped to introduce this idea in 1980 and have stayed on it through many stages, including the creation of the Lake Superior Binational Program with Jake VanderWaal, as the first Canadian Co-chair of the Lake Superior Binational Forum, then as the member of the Boreal West Roundtable representing tourism during Lands for Life, and now as the MP for Thunder Bay- Superior North. I thank all parties for their unanimous support. I very much appreciated a phone call from Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Environment & National Parks, thanking me for helping in getting this bill through the House in these final days. I also want to thank Mayor Richard Harvey for his support in both Nipigon and Ottawa.”

Hyer concluded, “Now I am working on getting a similar fast track through the Senate. If we can get it through the Senate, it will mean many positive benefits for communities through Thunder Bay east through Terrace Bay, including Red Rock, Nipigon, Dorian, Rossport, Schreiber, as well as Pays Plat and Lake Helen First Nations. Those benefits include protection of the islands, marine ecosystems, fisheries, and threatened species, along with an injection of tens of millions of federal dollars, the creation of new jobs, and a new Administrative and Interpretive Centre in Nipigon. I urge citizens to email, write, and call Senators immediately.”

LAMB ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE DESIGNATED HERTIAGE LIGHTHOUSE

(OTTAWA) June 19, 2015 — Today MP Bruce Hyer released the following statement regarding the designation of heritage lighthouses under the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act:

“Community groups that work to protect our heritage lighthouses and curate an important part of Canada’s maritime history have been waiting to hear about the status of their lighthouses since the review process finished at the end of May 2015.  On June 12, I questioned the Conservative government in the House about the lack of information being released about the status of lighthouses in Thunder Bay - Superior North and across Canada.”

“Today, June 19th, my office received a long-awaited letter from Minister of Environment Leona Aglukkaq containing the official designation of Lamb Island Lighthouse as a heritage lighthouse. The designation of this lighthouse under the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act ensures the protection of its heritage character for present and future generations.”

“Congratulations to Paul Morralee, Paul Capon and Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior for their successful bid to protect heritage lighthouses in Thunder Bay – Superior North. Their work will create much needed economic development opportunities for rural communities and augment our new Lake Superior Marine Conservation Area.”

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