Senator Bob Runciman - Ontario - Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes
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RUNCIMAN BLASTS FEAR-MONGERING ON PLAN 2014

OTTAWA, June 8, 2017 – Senator Bob Runciman has taken aim at political fear-mongerers who are blaming Plan 2014 for flooding along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. 

Runciman, in a statement in the Senate today, also called on Canadian officials to ensure that their counterparts in the U.S. are aware of the facts surrounding the recent flooding, along with reinforcing their support for Plan 2014, a new management plan for regulating water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River that came into effect on January 1. Heavy snow melt and runoff along with record spring rainfalls have combined to cause severe damage to riverfront properties and to hurt seasonal businesses on both sides of the border. 

“That flooding, and the damage it has done, has opened the door to politicians who opposed Plan 2014 to claim falsely that the flooding is a result of the new water levels plan being implemented” said Runciman. 

Members of Congress in the Rochester, New York area who represent flooded areas along the south shore of Lake Ontario have been particularly vocal, even asking President Donald Trump to back out of the historic binational agreement.

“Unfortunately, their false claims have been supported by no less than the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo”, Runciman said.  “Quite simply, this is the worst kind of political distortion and misrepresentation.” 

Runciman noted that his office has been in touch with officials who regulate water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence on a regular basis.  It is clear that they are doing everything they can to reduce water levels as quickly as possible. 

“There is no doubt this is a crisis for many along the waterway,” Runciman said.  “But playing the blame game and spreading falsehoods, as Governor Cuomo has done, is no way to deal with it.”

Runciman has written to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland asking her to reinforce the government’s support for Plan 2014 and to seek reassurances from U.S. officials.

For more information, please contact: Barry Raison

Director of Parliamentary Affairs, Senator Bob Runciman’s Office

(613) 943-4020 or barry.raison@sen.parl.gc.ca

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