Third reading of Bill C-72, An Act to amend the Canada National Parks ActPublished on 23 June 2015 Hansard and Statements by Senator Joseph Day
Hon. Joseph A. Day:
Honourable senators, I would like to say a few words in relation to Bill C-72. I thank the Honourable Senator Patterson for giving us the background, particularly the importance of balancing the rights and the habitat of the Inuit people who live in the region with the fact that we’re setting this particular area aside for all Canadians, in fact for all the world, as a national park.
Qausuittuq National Park is located in the northern part of Bathurst Island. It’s interesting that, just below it, there is a national wildlife area that’s also a reserve. To the right, which would be to the east of this new park that’s being created, is Inuit-owned land, right along the coast. There will be continued activity by the locals who live in the area. In fact, they will help to manage the proper use of the property.
This particular matter, if we decide to vote for it, honourable senators, will come into force on the latter of the day on which it receives Royal Assent or September 1, 2015, so by September 1 of this year we will have another national park.
The earlier matter that we spoke on was a water conservation area. That dealt all with water. This one deals all with land, and it is under a different piece of legislation. It is an amendment to the Canada National Parks Act. The information we have in the bill itself relates entirely to a description of this particular matter. It’s going to be added as another national park. There is the description of that national park and then the coming into force clause that I mentioned.
We heard from the NGO CPAWS, which is the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, a not-for-profit organization, and they appeared represented by Mr. Éric Hébert-Daly, and he was very supportive of this particular initiative as well.
I would recommend that we proceed to third reading on this matter, honourable senators.