Private member’s bill to create Ojibway National Urban Park will face final debate in Parliament

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Windsor West MP Brian Masse is expected to have the final hour of debate in the House of Commons on the private member’s bill to create the Ojibway National Urban Park.

“The bill establishing Ojibway National Park is the culmination of years, if not decades, of work by many residents of this region who are fighting to protect this unique ecosystem in one of the most developed areas of the country. It was a real privilege and an honor to be the one who finally introduced the Bill to the House of Commons,” Masse said in a statement Wednesday.

The proposed Ojibway National Urban Park (NUP) would include Ojibway Park, Spring Garden Natural Area, Black Oak Heritage Park, Tallgrass Prairie Park, Ojibway Prairie Provincial Nature Preserve and Ojibway Shores.

The 33-acre green space is the last undeveloped natural shoreline in the Windsor-Detroit areas. It is home to hundreds of endangered species that depend on migration through the surrounding local parks for their survival.

Tory MP Chris Lewis for Essex is expected to speak in favor of the bill in Wednesday’s debate.

Since the bill was introduced and the first hour of debate took place, there have been other endorsements and developments that have occurred, Masse said, adding that Caldwell First Nation, the town of Windsor and the Wildlands League have all written letters to all MPs and the federal government stating they support the passage of C-248.

In mid-May, Transport Canada signed an agreement with Parks Canada to transfer Ojibway Shores from the Port of Windsor to Parks Canada as part of the process to create Ojibway National Urban Park.

“This is the final piece of the puzzle to make this park a reality. I am honored to have been able to debate this bill and I thank my colleagues from all parties for their support. All these years of work by so many of people across this city and this country,” Masse said.

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