With C-69, Ottawa muddies the environmental waters – by Konrad Yakabuski (Globe and Mail – March 29, 2018)


There are obvious reasons to be skeptical about the Trudeau government’s promise to speed up the environmental-review process for major resource projects all while broadening its scope.

Tougher environmental standards, no matter how appropriate, will not make it easier or faster to get Canada’s resources to market or attract investment to the oil patch. It is disingenuous on Ottawa’s part to suggest otherwise.

Just what, then, is Environment Minister Catherine McKenna’s real goal in remaking the environmental-review process?

Ms. McKenna last month tabled legislation to scrap the former Conservative government’s controversial changes to the environmental-review process and introduce a new set of hoops for resource-project instigators to jump through to win Ottawa’s approval.

But rather than accelerating environmental reviews and providing investors with clear rules, as Ottawa insists it is doing, the new process promises to create even more delay and confusion than the current one.

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