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PARIS – NDP MP Craig Scott (Toronto-Danforth) is calling on the Conservatives to listen to concerns of local residents and government on a proposed 600-acre gravel pit over the water supply for Paris Ontario.

“The Conservatives have made significant changes to the Navigable Waters Protection Act leaving parts of the Grand River waterway unprotected,” said Scott. “This quarry project poses serious environmental risks to the watershed yet the federal government is shirking their responsibility.”

Scott was previously active in the strong citizen opposition to the proposed quarry project in Melancthon County just north of Toronto. During this campaign he encouraged Toronto residents to work hand in hand with their rural neighbours north of the city to protect prime farmland and drinking water. This campaign was successful a year ago when the application for a quarry was dropped.

“The important victory in Melanchthon County shows what can be achieved when residents work together,” said Scott. “I’m proud to stand with the citizens of Brant and the surrounding region who are fighting to protect this area too.”

Scott will be speaking at the Concerned Citizens of Brant’s public meeting on Sat. Nov 30, 2013 at 1:00 p.m at the Paris Fairgrounds. He will also be canvassing the local community with a petition to protect the Grand River.