IN THE HOUSE ~ Introduction of Bill C-289, An Act to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (nanotechnology)

41st Parliament, 1st Session ~ Introduction and first reading of Private Member's Bills

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP)

     moved for leave to introduce Bill C-289, An Act to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (nanotechnology).

     He said: Mr. Speaker, as we all know, nanotechnology presents real opportunities for innovations across all economic sectors that could bring benefits to Canadians, including better health care, a cleaner environment and safer products. Along with these opportunities come potential risks. Nanotechnology creates real health and safety concerns, both for Canadian consumers and workers, as well as important environmental safety concerns.

     We have been working for the last few months with grassroots groups and science and environmental experts to address this regulatory gap in Canadian legislation. This bill is a step toward addressing some of these critical shortfalls and ensuring the safe and responsible development of nanotechnology. If passed, the bill would amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act to include nanotechnology. The bill lays out consistent risk assessment processes, prioritizes research on the safety of nanotechnology, and establishes a much needed national inventory of nanotechnologies.

     I certainly hope that this legislation will receive broad support in the House of Commons, both on the opposition side and on the government side.

     (Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)