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e-3037 (Transportation)

Initiated by Sylvia Leduc from Pitt Meadows, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • The Canadian Pacific (CP) proposed to build a multi-modal, multi-commodity transload and logistics facility on strategic land holdings adjacent to its existing intermodal rail facility in Pitt Meadows, B.C.;
  • This proposal would be totally out of character with the city’s natural beauty;
  • The risk of both air and noise pollution, along with a decrease in property values will negatively impact the local economy, the health, the welfare and overall quality of life of the residents; and
  • This proposal will also cause a drastic increase in our environmental footprint by endangering the health and natural habitats of our local wild life and affect farmland and the Katzie Slough.
We, the undersigned, Residents of Pitt Meadows, call upon the Government of Canada to consider the grave impact this proposal would have on this community and oppose the CP proposal.

Response by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Signed by (Minister or Parliamentary Secretary): The Honourable JONATHAN WILKINSON

Under the Impact Assessment Act, as well as the former Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) provides scientific and technical information and knowledge to designated project assessments on subjects within the department’s mandate, including climate change, air quality, water quality, biodiversity, environmental preparedness and emergencies. This work includes reviewing proponent’s characterization of environmental effects and mitigation measures, and providing advice to decision makers on activities needed to mitigate these environmental effects. 

For projects that are not designated, but are located on federal lands or utilize federal resources, ECCC can provide similar expertise upon request, particularly if it is anticipated that a federal permit or authorization may be required that is under ECCC’s mandate.

Wildlife habitat is important, including habitat on agricultural lands.  That said, land use decisions of this nature fall within provincial jurisdiction. The federal government plays a role only in the event that a province has not put effective protection for the individuals, residences, or critical habitat of species at risk listed as Threatened or Endangered under the Species at Risk Act, and even then only if there is an order in place to enact that protection.

Open for signature
December 16, 2020, at 2:03 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
February 14, 2021, at 2:03 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Elizabeth May (Saanich—Gulf Islands)
March 11, 2021 (Petition No. 432-00654)
Government response tabled
April 26, 2021
Photo - Elizabeth May
Saanich—Gulf Islands
Green Party Caucus
British Columbia
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