CANADA: Row over plans to export Canadian water

By Sarah Diston | 12 April 2001

Canada, which controls about 20% of the world's fresh water, is at the centre of a political dispute over plans to sell its lake water to the US. Lobbyists are concerned that if plans by Newfoundland Premier, Roger Grimes, to sell 49 billion litres of fresh water from the province get the go-ahead Canada will lose sovereign rights over its water.

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Canada, which controls about 20% of the world's fresh water, is at the centre of a political dispute over plans to sell its lake water to the US. Lobbyists are concerned that if plans by Newfoundland Premier, Roger Grimes, to sell 49 billion litres of fresh water from the province get the go-ahead Canada will lose sovereign rights over its water.

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