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e-2907 (Environment)

Initiated by Beverley Dowling from Whitby, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

  • 18,600 acres of prime farmland ("the Pickering Lands"), being mostly in Pickering, but also in Markham and Uxbridge, were expropriated by the Government of Canada in 1972 for the purpose of building an airport;
  • Since that time numerous studies have been commissioned to determine whether there is a need or a business case for such an airport;
  • The last such study, by KPMG, was released in March of 2020;
  • None of these studies has shown a need or business case for such an airport;
  • Much of the Pickering Lands has been transferred to Parks Canada, but much remains;
  • The Pickering Lands are prime farmland, for which there is a clear need;
  • While we are focused on the COVID-19 crisis, we cannot forget the climate change crisis; and
  • Stewardship of the Pickering Lands can be either a contribution to, or a failure of, Canada's commitment to the Paris Agreement.
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to:
1. Designate Parks Canada as the custodian of all the Pickering Lands;
2. Mandate that Parks Canada become the agricultural custodian of the said lands; and
3. Mandate the use of long-term leases, to allow revitalization.
Open for signature
October 15, 2020, at 6:39 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
January 13, 2021, at 6:39 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Jennifer O’Connell
Liberal Caucus
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