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Canada is home to up to a fifth of the worlds supply of fresh water Priceless you might think but not according to the Canadian government of Prime Minister John Chrtien It has put out a call for tenders on placing a dollar value to Canadas vast water assets Critics say its another sign that the government will eventually allow exports of bulk water When the governments electronic tendering web site put out a call for bids on setting a dollar value to Canadas water the response from critics was swift They said this was all the proof needed to show that the government intends to allow exports of bulk water The issue immediately surfaced in the House of Commons where the environment minister David Anderson was put on the defensive as he faced some tough questions Witness after witness has pointed out that the way Canadians value water has led to its misuse And the way Canadians assume water is a free good is one of the reasons they appear unwilling to pay the amounts of money needed to protect water sources Water Exports Even though Anderson says the federal government is still opposed to the bulk exports of water for cash the document on the government web site says there is a need to place a value on water resources so that governments can make decisions on issues such as water exports Anderson says determining the value of Canadas water may actually bolster the argument against exporting it This is part of an attempt to get indicators and part of an attempt to get a better handle on how we price some of the resources that at the moment we simply take for granted Double Talk But opposition parliamentarians arent convinced and accuse the minister of double talk and double dealing Jamie Dunn is with the Council of Canadians a political lobby group Dunn says bulk water exports are
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