NDP MLA Rob Altemeyer and NDP MP Daniel Blaikie joined forces recently after learning two potentially dangerous water diversion projects in North Dakota have not been referred to the international Joint Commission.
The IJC is guided by the boundary waters treaty and resolves disputes whenever the actions of one country affects waterways in the other. Blaikie announced that he is the sponsoring MP of an official House of Commons petition calling on the Trudeau Government to refer both projects to the IJC for immediate review.
Blaikie stated in a news release that The Trudeau Government must step in to ensure these projects receive the full scrutiny of the Canadian and US Governments.
He added that Lake Winnipeg is already in distress and there is real concern that the North Dakota projects will increase the risk of contaminates and foreign species entering Lake Winnipeg via the Red and Assiniboine Rivers.