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by Marlene Harris

Winter 2001   —   Species At Risk Act to Pass

Federal Environment Minister David Anderson hopes to pass his Species at Risk Act quickly through Parliament this year. Anderson introduced his proposed law into Parliament last spring, but it died when the fall federal election was called. It had been the third attempt by Liberal environment ministers to pass a law protecting endangered and threatened species and their habitat.

One of the most contentious issues in the proposed legislation is the compensation of landowners for economic losses due to protection of endangered species. Anderson has said he is prepared to "make changes" in order to make the bill more acceptable to those landowners. As it stands, the Act tries to encourage landowners to accept financial incentives to work with the government in protecting species on their land, instead of complaining about financial losses.

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