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Chile has gone farther than any other country in the world in commodifiying water and creating a market economy based on private water rights. The process started with the 1981 Water Code enacted by the military regime of the time, and was based on a strong pro-business bias.
The issue of how to pay for water access and water services in Canada is an increasingly urgent one to address as the Harper government and many provincial governments slash funding to essential services. Cash-strapped municipalities are struggling to keep up with growing demand and rising costs. Some are raising water rates, or installing water meters for direct billing.
In Europe, as in Canada, trade policy is developed in close, almost exclusive collaboration with industry lobby groups that have privileged access to negotiating texts.
In November 2002 the most comprehensive review of health care ever produced in Canada was published. The Romanow report, “Building on Values: The Future of Health Care in Canada,” (1) took advice from Canadian and international experts while engaging in a conversation with citizens across the country. The report concluded that our medicare system is efficient, effective and accessible.
There are false solutions to the climate crisis that are gaining widespread consideration and approval from the Global North. These false solutions do not challenge “business as usual”: the presumption and promotion of the false notion that endless economic growth based on unsustainable consumption levels is possible on a finite planet.
This paper is intended to serve as a background, a call to understanding and a call to action on an exciting new proposal to designate the Great Lakes and its tributary waters as a lived Commons, to be shared, protected, carefully managed and enjoyed by all who live around them.
There is a water crisis in Canada. First Nations communities across the country remain on permanent boil water advisories while Indigenous communities in Manitoba suffer Third World-like conditions.
Conservative MPs’ Record Book (November 2012)
CPC MPs – Expert Evidence
[a detailed discussion of the evidence of Ms. Corbin is set out in the Applicants’ memorandum of fact and law at paragraphs 93-142 and 206-242.]
Applicant Electors’ Evidence Supporting Materials (June 2012)