News

March 13th, 2017

MASSE DEMANDS TRANSPORT MINISTER ACT IMMEDIATELY TO ADDRESS ENVIRONMENTAL AND SAFETY CONCERN AT STERLING FUELS

Here's a copy of the text of a letter I sent to Minister Garneau Calling for Immediate Action to Address Evnironmental and Safety Concerns at Sterling Fuels:

June 30th, 2016

O Canada! We Finally Have Our Microbeads Victory

WINDSOR – Reacting to the news of the federal government listing microbeads as a toxic substance under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) was the next step in an outright ban. NDP M.P. Opposition Critic for the Great Lakes Brian Masse (Windsor West) wished all Canadians a Happy Canada Day.

April 11th, 2016

MASSE IN THE HOUSE: Questioning the Minister of Environment on OPG's Deep Geologic Repository

Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the Ontario Power Generation wants to dump abandoned radioactive nuclear waste next to the Great Lakes. It cannot say that this waste will not leak, nor has it considered any other options. Burying nuclear waste has a 100% failure rate. Burying the last set of nuclear waste actually caught on fire.

February 25th, 2016

MASSE AND RAMSEY SUPPORT LASALLE REQUEST FOR ENVIRONMENT MINISTER TO INVESTIGATE PROPOSED MARATHON REFINERY EXPANSION

WINDSOR – The State of Michigan is currently considering an application from the Marathon Petroleum Company to expand capacity at their refinery located in Detroit MI in close proximity to the Canada/US border. This proposal if allowed to proceed would increase Sulfur Dioxide emissions from the facility by nearly 40%.

February 3rd, 2016

MASSE STATEMENT ON CITY OF DETROIT DENIAL OF PETCOKE STORAGE APPLICATION

I would like to congratulate the City of Detroit for making a wise decision to protect our air and water by denying an application to allow harmful petcoke to be stored on the waterfront. This decision acknowledges the human connection to the environment and places the well being and quality of life for people on both sides of the Canada-United States border at the forefront of the governing process.

July 31st, 2015

VICTORY: Government Supports Masse's Plan to Ban Microbeads

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 28th, 2015

MASSE IN THE HOUSE on the Deep Geologic Repository Issue

House of Commons

May 27, 2015

Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I am not happy to rise here today to talk about an issue that I think is very important, not only for just Canada, but also for the world, with respect to the treatment of clean drinking water and the protection of our environment.

May 25th, 2015

NDP MPs MASSE AND LESLIE URGE GOVERNMENT TO MOVE ON MICROBEADS

[OTTAWA] Brian Masse NDP MP (Windsor West) and Official Opposition Critic for the Great Lakes and Meagan Leslie NDP MP (Halifax) and Official Opposition Critic for the Environment are calling on the Harper government to live up to their commitment to act to address the microbead crisis. Several weeks after unanimously passing an NDP motion in the House of Commons to address the environmental impact of microbeads the Harper Government refuses to take any action to address this crisis whatsoever. The NDP motion passed the House with all party support and offers specific, immediate and proscriptive measures to proceed.

May 7th, 2015

MASSE IN THE HOUSE: Masse Questions Minister on Proposed Storage of Nuclear Waste Plan

Hansard - May 7, 2015

Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the plan to bury radioactive waste in southern Ontario right next to the Great Lakes is now in the hands of the Minister of the Environment. Communities on both sides of the international border, representing millions of people, have expressed serious concerns with the process. They are worried about the potential impact of radiation and the Great Lakes together side by side. No other alternatives were even considered. Many people feel they were not adequately consulted, including municipalities and the U.S. Congress.

May 6th, 2015

MASSE CALLS ON MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT TO RELEASE JOINT REVIEW REPORT ON PROPOSED DEEP GEOLOGIC REPOSITORY (DGR) IMMEDIATELY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 22nd, 2015

MASSE DELIVERS PETITIONS CALLING FOR A DEDICATED PEDESTRIAN BIKE LANE ON NEW DRIC BRIDGE

Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, my second set of petitions are for the creation of an international bike and pedestrian lane on the new crossing between Windsor and Detroit. The petitioners request this to be part of the project so that we can increase ecotourism, have stronger cultural, economic and development connections with the City of Detroit, and be able to access the system in the United States as well as on the Canadian side.

April 22nd, 2015

MASSE DELIVERS PETITIONS OPPOSED TO OPG's PROPOSED DEEP GEOLOGIC REPOSITORY

Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions to present. The first petition is from hundreds of citizens who are concerned about Ontario Power Generation's proposal to construct a deep geological repository on Lake Huron by the Great Lakes. This affects an estimated 40 million Canadians and Americans, and will cost $7 billion. The petitioners are calling for a more robust review process because the proposal would put radioactive nuclear waste next to our freshwater supply as well as a commercial artery that is important to our country.

March 24th, 2015

NDP SCORES A VICTORY FOR OUR OCEANS, LAKES AND RIVERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 24, 2015

NDP SCORES A VICTORY FOR OUR OCEANS, LAKES AND RIVERS

NDP Environment critic Megan Leslie (Halifax) and NDP Great Lakes critic Brian Masse (Windsor West) made the following statement on the support of their motion to protect Canada’s lakes and rivers from microbead pollution:

March 9th, 2015

MASSE IN THE HOUSE: C-46 An Act to amend the National Energy Board Act and the Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act

Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today on this important bill to have the polluter pays principle apply to some of the government's legislation, which has been long sought after in this chamber. Therefore, Bill C-46, an act to amend the National Energy Board Act and the Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act, will be receiving our support to send it to committee.

February 10th, 2015

NDP Opposition Letter to Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Attention: Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC)

Subject: HEUNL Technical Assessment

February 10, 2015

We are writing today with a sense of urgency and requesting that CNSC reject Atomic Energy Canada Limited (AECL) plan to truck 23,000 litres of extremely radioactive liquid waste (containing highly-enriched uranium) from its Ontario Chalk River facility to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site in South Carolina.

December 10th, 2014

MASSE LETTER TO PM AND MINISTER ON PROPOSED DEEP GEOLOGIC REPOSITORY

December 10, 2014

Right Honourable Stephen Harper

Prime Minister of Canada

House of Common

Ottawa, ON K1A0A6

Honourable Leona Aglukkaq

Minister of Environment

December 9th, 2014

MASSE CONFIRMS NEW INVASIVE CARPS REGULATIONS INCLUDE EVISCERATION

[OTTAWA] Last week the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) brought forward new regulations aimed at mitigating the presence of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) in Canada. These regulations come months after NDP Critic for the Great Lakes Brian Masse MP (Windsor West) launched a campaign to address the threat of infestation from Invasive Carps. In October Masse tabled a Private Members Bill C-629 An Act to Amend the Fisheries Act (Invasive Carp) that would have dramatically reduced this threat from the land border crossing vector, identified by DFO as a significant vulnerability.

December 5th, 2014

MASSE DECLARES POSSIBLE VICTORY AS GOVERNMENT BRINGS NEW REGULATIONS TO ADDRESS AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES

Will Scrutinize To Ensure Measures Are Strong Enough

[WINDSOR] Brian Masse MP (Windsor West) and NDP Critic for the Great Lakes is declaring victory today after Gail Shea Minister of Fisheries and Oceans announced new regulations to address Aquatic Invasive Species. On October 1st Mr. Masse tabled a bill in the House of Commons that appears to include several of the same measures found in the new regulations including increasing fines and extending enforcement powers to CBSA Officers.

October 10th, 2014

MASSE WRITES FEDERAL ENVIRONMENT MINISTER: PROTECT LAKE ONTARIO AND THE NIAGARA RIVER FROM U.S. TOXIC WASTE DUMPING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 10, 2014

October 6th, 2014

MASSE IN THE HOUSE: M-502, Trent-Severn Waterway Deepening & Straightening

MASSE IN THE HOUSE: M-502, Trent-Severn Waterway Deepening & Straightening

October 6, 2014

Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, it is an honour to rise to speak on Motion No. 502, the motion put together by the member for Simcoe North. I can say I shared an office floor with the member and know how hard he works and the diligence of his work. I praise him for actually bringing an issue before us that includes the Great Lakes. As critic for the Great Lakes for the NDP and Canada-U.S. border relations, I can tell members that the Great Lakes are going to frame much of our relationship with the United States for the next 10 years. Whether it be on fresh water, whether it be on invasive species, whether it be pollution, there will be a lot of discourse, and there has been, and I will highlight some of that in my speech.

October 1st, 2014

MASSE PROPOSES TOUGH MEASURES TO PROTECT GREAT LAKES FROM INVASIVE ASIAN CARP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 1, 2014

October 1st, 2014

IN THE HOUSE: Masse Delivers Petitions

October 1, 2014

Deep Geological Repository Storage of Nuclear Waste

PETITION DELIVERED: Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions to present.

July 30th, 2014

MASSE ANNOUNCES TABLING OF INVASIVE CARP BILL IN FALL SESSION

MEDIA ADIVSORY

JULY 30, 2014

MASSE ANNOUNCES TABLING OF INVASIVE CARP BILL IN FALL SESSION

[SARNIA] Brian Masse M.P. (Windsor West) will announce the tabling of a Private Member’s Bill in the fall session that will mitigate the threat of Invasive Carp infestation in the Great Lakes and inland bodies of water across Canada.

June 11th, 2014

Plastic in our water? Masse calls on the IJC to investigate

OTTAWA ON-Brian Masse, NDP MP for Windsor West and Official Opposition Critic for the Great Lakes launched the latest in his efforts to keep our lakes great by calling for the International Joint Commission (IJC) to investigate and provide potential solutions to the levels of micro plastics in the basin.

May 27th, 2014

Masse to Table Motion Concerning Nuclear Waste Storage Near Great Lakes

Masse to Table Motion Concerning Nuclear Waste Storage Near Great Lakes

April 9th, 2014

BOARD DISMISSES PETCOKE APPEAL: WATERFRONT REMAINS PROTECTED

The City of Detroit’s Board of Zoning Appeals (The Board) dismissed an appeal from Detroit Bulk Storage—the company that was storing massive piles of petroleum coke on the Detroit River waterfront last year. The original decision from the City’s Building Safety Engineering and Environmental Department (BSEED) denied an application from the company to store petroleum coke at a site on the Detroit side of our waterfront. The Board found that the applicants did not have standing to bring this issue before them since they were not the owners of the property.

October 11th, 2013

Masse Writes to Urge the Federal Government to Sign new Canada-Ontario Agreement with Respect to Great Lakes

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq

Minister of the Environment

House of Commons: Confederation Building, Room 458

Ottawa Ontario

K1A 0A6

Dear Minister Aglukkaq,

October 10th, 2013

Water Quality and Viability of Great Lakes Suffers at Hands of Conservative Incompetence: Stakeholders Speak Out

WINDSOR--Brian Masse MP Windsor West and NDP Great Lakes Critic is raising concerns about the continuing delays in negotiations over a new Canada- Ontario Agreement (COA) with respect to the Great Lakes, despite the last agreement (signed in 2007) expiring more than a year ago. The COA is a cost sharing agreement and is essential for Canada to meet its bi-national commitments with the US, which includes priorities for the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes. The most recent of these bi-national agreements is the Great Lakes Water Quality Protocol 2012, and includes timelines for deliverables outlined in the document.

November 28th, 2006

Masse's Submission on U.S. Gun Ranges on the Great Lakes

Submission to U.S. Department of Homeland Security – United States Coast Guard

Public Comment for Great Lakes Security Zones

November 2006

Brian Masse, MP on behalf of the New Democratic Party of Canada

September 30th, 2006

Masse in the House on Gunboats in the Great Lakes

Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, this past summer this government did nothing when the United States tore up a treaty that had been in existence from the War of 1812 that prohibited gunboats on the Great Lakes system.