MP Alistair MacGregor Thrilled with Community Solidarity Succeeding in Saving Shawnigan Water

SHAWNIGAN LAKE – MP Alistair MacGregor (Cowichan-Malahat-Langford) was elated to learn that after several years of public pressure, the BC Liberal government has finally and permanently revoked the permit for the toxic soil dump near Shawnigan Lake. MacGregor has stood in solidarity with the Shawnigan community and has supported its work in the fight against the toxic soil dump over the years. MP MacGregor also introduced his first bill in the House of Commons, which would have brought federal protection to Shawnigan Lake under the Navigation Protection Act.

"Not only was the entire process that allowed the toxic soil dump permit flawed from the onset, but during the first serious rain event of its existence the project failed and discharged contaminated soil directly into the watershed," said MP Alistair MacGregor. "It shouldn’t have taken this long for the BC Government to put an end to this irresponsible and dangerous soil dump that risked inflicting irreparable damage to the Shawnigan watershed and its aquatic life."

"I want to specifically thank the Shawnigan Lake Residents Association and the Cowichan Valley Regional District for their hard work and diligence on this issue," said MacGregor. "Our collective action is what makes our communities vibrant and strong, and this has finally forced the BC Liberal government to correct their mistake."

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Additional information:

- On March 10, 2016, Alistair introduced his first bill in the House of Commons, which would bring federal protection to Shawnigan Lake under the Navigation Protection Act. Bill available here: https://openparliament.ca/bills/42-1/C-252/