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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 2nd Session
Meeting 41
Monday, June 21, 2021, 4:03 p.m. to 5:24 p.m.
Televised
Presiding
Francis Scarpaleggia, Chair (Liberal)

House of Commons
• Philippe Méla, Legislative Clerk
 
Library of Parliament
• Natacha Kramski, Analyst
• Ross Linden-Fraser, Analyst
• Sarah Yakobowski, Analyst
• Lenore Zann, M.P., Cumberland—Colchester
Department of the Environment
• Laura Farquharson, Director General, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Environmental Protection Branch
• Silke Neve, Director, Information and Indicators Division, Strategic Policy Branch
• Pascal Roberge, Director, Program Integration Division, Science and Technology Branch
Pursuant to the order of reference of Wednesday, March 24, 2021, the committee resumed consideration of Bill C-230, An Act respecting the development of a national strategy to redress environmental racism.

The committee commenced its clause-by-clause study of the Bill.

Pursuant to Standing Order 75(1), consideration of Clause 1 (short title) and of the Preamble was postponed.

The Chair called Clause 2.

Clause 2 carried.

On Clause 3,

Lloyd Longfield moved, — That Bill C-230, in Clause 3, be amended by

(a) replacing lines 6 and 7 on page 2 with the following:

promote efforts across Canada to advance environmental justice and to assess, prevent and address environmental racism.

(b) replacing line 9 on page 2 to line 6 on page 3 with the following:

or cooperate with any persons, bodies, organizations or communities — including other Ministers, representatives of governments in Canada, and Indigenous communities — who are interested.

(3) The strategy must include

(a) a study that may include

(i) an examination of the link between race, socio-economic status and environmental risk, and

(ii) information and statistics relating to the location of environmental hazards; and

(b) measures that can be taken to advance environmental justice and assess, prevent and address environmental racism and that may include

(i) possible amendments to federal laws, policies and programs,

(ii) the involvement of community groups in environmental policy-making,

(iii) compensation for individuals or communities, and

(iv) the collection of information and statistics relating to health outcomes in communities located in proximity to environmental hazards.

Debate arose thereon.

Taylor Bachrach moved, — That the amendment be amended by adding after the words “who are interested” the following: “and ensures that it is consistent with the framework for the Government of Canada’s implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”

After debate, the question was put on the subamendment of Taylor Bachrach and it was agreed to on division.

Taylor Bachrach moved, — That the amendment be amended by replacing the word “may” with the word “must”.

After debate, the question was put on the subamendment of Taylor Bachrach and it was agreed to on division.

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Lloyd Longfield, as amended, and it was agreed to on division.

The Chair ruled that the following three (3) amendments were consequential to the previous amendment and therefore they were also adopted:

That Bill C-230 be amended by replacing the heading before line 5 on page 2 with the following:

National Strategy Respecting Environmental Racism and Environmental Justice

That Bill C-230, in Clause 1, be amended by replacing lines 1 and 2 on page 2 with the following:

1 This Act may be cited as the National Strategy Respecting Environmental Racism and Environmental Justice Act.

That Bill C-230 be amended by replacing the long title on page 1 with the following:

“An Act respecting the development of a national strategy to assess, prevent and address environmental racism and to advance environmental justice”

Clause 3, as amended, carried on division.

Clause 4 carried on division.

Clause 5 carried on division.

On Preamble,

Ya'ara Saks moved, — That Bill C-230, in the preamble, be amended by

(a) adding before line 1 on page 1 the following:

Whereas the Government of Canada recognizes the need to advance environmental justice across Canada and the importance of continuing to work towards eliminating racism and racial discrimination in all their forms and manifestations;

(b) replacing line 3 on page 1 with the following:

bers of an Indigenous, racialized or other marginalized community;

(c) replacing lines 9 to 14 on page 1 with the following:

Whereas the Government of Canada recognizes that it is important to meaningfully involve all Canadians — and, in particular, marginalized communities — in the development of environmental policy and that racial discrimination in the development of environmental policy would constitute environmental racism;

(d) replacing line 16 on page 1 with the following:

assessing and preventing environmental racism and to providing af-

(e) replacing line 18 on page 1 with the following:

pate in, among other things, finding solutions to address harm caused

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Ya'ara Saks and it was agreed to on division.

The Preamble, as amended, carried on division.

Clause 1, Short Title, as amended, carried on division.

The Title, as amended, carried on division.

The Bill, as amended, was adopted on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Taylor Bachrach, Yvan Baker, Chris Bittle, Lloyd Longfield, Monique Pauzé, Raj Saini, Ya’ara Saks — 7;

NAYS: Dan Albas, Matt Jeneroux, Cathy McLeod, Brad Redekopp — 4.

ORDERED, — That the Chair report the Bill, as amended, to the House on division.

ORDERED, — That Bill C-230, as amended, be reprinted for the use of the House of Commons at report stage on division.

At 4:35 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:38 p.m., the sitting resumed.

At 4:40 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:21 p.m., the sitting resumed.

At 5:24 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Justin Vaive
Committee Clerk