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Turning on Canada's tap

Why Canada needs a comprehensive policy and strategy on bulk water exports to the United States.

Turning on Canada's tapby Tony Clarke, The Polaris Institute

In the Throne Speech of October 21, 2007, Stephen HarperÂ’s government announced that it would be bringing forth a 'national water strategy' during this parliamentary session. The Throne Speech did not specify any details as to what the government has in mind when it talks of the need for a national water strategy. Yet, of all the water policy issues that might be covered, the one with considerable geo-political implications that cannot be ignored is the prospect of mounting pressure for bulk water exports from Canada to the US. As the former Conservative Premier of Alberta, Peter Lougheed, warned in a Globe and Mail commentary on November 11, 2005: "the United States will be coming after our freshwater in three to five years." Subsequent events now confirm LougheedÂ’s warning.

In April 2007, Canadians awoke to the news that "water transfers" to the US were on the agenda of a closed door meeting in Calgary of the North American Future 2025 Project. The Projects is an officially sanctioned body of high level business personnel established to advise the political leaders of Canada, Mexico and the US. . .

Tony Clarke is Executive Director of the Polaris Institute.

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  "Turning on Canada's Tap? Why we need a Pan-Canadian Policy and Strategy Now on Bulk Water Exports to the U.S.", by Tony Clarke, Polaris Institute Report, April 3, 2008.

Posted: April 22, 2008

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