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Meeting No. 45
Tuesday, June 14, 2005

The Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development met in camera at 11:11 a.m. this day, in Room 308 West Block, the Chair, Alan Tonks, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Bernard Bigras, Nathan Cullen, Brian Jean, David J. McGuinty, Bob Mills, Hon. Denis Paradis, Lee Richardson, Alan Tonks, Jeff Watson and Hon. Bryon Wilfert.


Acting Members present: Johanne Deschamps for Christian Simard.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Kristen Douglas, Analyst; Tim Williams, Analyst.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on November 23, 2004, the Committee resumed its study on Canada's Implementation of the Kyoto Protocol.

The Committee resumed consideration of a draft report.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Thursday, June 9, 2005, the Committee commenced its study of the diversion of waters from Devils Lake in North Dakota, United States into the Sheyenne River and eventually Lake Winnipeg.

It was agreed, — That the Committee adopt the following resolution:

Whereas the unilateral decision by the State Government of North Dakota to divert waters from Devils Lake into the Sheyenne River and eventually Lake Winnipeg contravenes the Boundary Waters Treaty between Canada and the United States of America;

And whereas, such a contravention would set precedent for future negotiations under the said treaty;

And whereas such negotiations should most properly be reviewed by the International Joint Commission;

And whereas this review has not taken place;

And whereas the Devils Lake Diversion project is scheduled to begin operations in July, 2005;

And whereas the said water diversion may have serious and harmful ecological and economic repercussions in Canada;

Be it resolved that the Standing Committee on the Environment & Sustainable Development urgently calls upon the Government of Canada to immediately exhaust any and all diplomatic and/or legal options available to prevent any water diversion from Devils Lake, North Dakota until the project has been reviewed by the International Joint Commission.


At 1:08 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Eugene Morawski
Clerk of the Committee

2005-06-27 4:17 p.m.