Tony Martin to Feds: "Protect
Posted August 11 2005
The following media release was received by LTV from Sault
MP Tony Martin's office Thursday:
A revised draft agreement meant to boost protection of
Great Lakes water still needs to strengthen the role of
the International Joint Commission, Sault MP Tony Martin
"My NDP colleagues in Windsor and I are hoping to
see greater federal involvement in the agreement, including
stronger wording in the draft on the role of the IJC."
The IJC is the independent, binational organization which
oversees and resolves water treaty disputes. The two provinces
and eight states involved in the Great Lakes Charter Annex
have been pressing for public comment on the latest draft
of their binding document before returning to the negotiating
table this fall.
On Wednesday, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
held its final public meeting in Windsor after holding
hearings in eleven communities including Sault Ste. Marie.
"Ontario believes they have beefed up regulations
and effectively banned diversions of Great Lakes water,"
Martin said. "I hope that is the case and the International
Joint Commission can play an important role in making
that the case."
Ontario returned to the negotiating table with Quebec
and the eight Great Lakes States (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan,
Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin)
in January 2005.
The Government of Ontario is welcoming further public
commentary by mail or email until August 29th. For contact
information, and to view the revised agreement, visit
the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources web site at