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ELA petitions not a sign of discord

In the last two weeks at least three Conservative MPs have tabled petitions in the House of Commons calling on the government to change its mind about the decision to no longer fund the Experimental Lakes Area.

On Nov. 19, both  Stephen Woodworth (MP for Kitchener Centre) and Harold Albrecht (MP for Kitchener-Conestoga) tabled petitions on the subject.

 

(From Hansard)

Mr. Stephen Woodworth (Kitchener Centre, CPC):

"Mr. Speaker, I have several petitions.

The first petition has 38 signatures from Montreal, Vancouver and the London-Waterloo region asking the Government of Canada to, among other things, continue to staff and fund the Experimental Lakes Area at current or higher levels of commitment. The second petition is by another 36 people from the Kitchener area to the same effect."

 

Mr. Harold Albrecht (Kitchener—Conestoga, CPC):

"Mr. Speaker, I rise to present petitions from Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph calling upon the government to provide financial resources to the ELA at the current or a higher level of commitment."

 

Then  yesterday Winnipeg MP Joyce Bateman did the same thing although with a little less detail. She didn't actually say what the petitions were asking for.

 

(From Hansard)

Ms. Joyce Bateman (Winnipeg South Centre, CPC)

   
"Mr. Speaker, I have the pleasure to present a number of petitions from the constituents of my riding of Winnipeg South Centre. A number of them are related to save ELA, Canada's leading freshwater research station.

The petitions contain hundreds of signatures"

 

But these petitions are not a sign of a revolt from the government back benches to save the unique research facility near Kenora. MPs quite often submit petitions delivered to their office whether they agree with the premise or not. Both Woodworth and Albrecht said they did not agree with the petitions and Bateman has been clear before she supports the government decision.

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