Fin in the House: When will the Liberal government do their job, take action and lay charges in the largest mining spill in Canadian history?

Mr. Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, more than four years ago, the Imperial Metals' Mount Polley mine disaster sent 25 million cubic metres of water and toxic mine waste rushing through Hazeltine Creek into Quesnel Lake. Mine tailings containing arsenic, cadmium, mercury and selenium still sit at the bottom of the lake. Not only is this a major sockeye salmon rearing lake in the Fraser watershed but it supplies drinking water to local communities. This was the largest environmental disaster in Canadian history.

When will the Liberals do their job, take action and lay charges?

    Mr. Sean Casey (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Lib.):

Mr. Speaker, the health of our oceans and lakes is a top priority of this government. We have faith in the enforcement mechanisms we have in place within the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to address measures such as this. We will continue to monitor this situation and take the steps that are necessary to keep our oceans and waterways safe, clean and healthy.