Andrew Scheer targets carbon tax, muses on northern development at mining conference – by Nelson Bennett (Business in Vancouver/Alaska Highway News – January 31 2019)

A Conservative government would implement policies that would make resources industries in Canada very happy, and drive environmentalists apoplectic.

Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer vowed Thursday, January 31 that a Conservative government would immediately scrap a national carbon tax. It would also repeal Bill C-69, which replaces the Environmental Assessment Act, open Canada’s north to resource extraction and use carrots, not sticks, in the Conservatives’ yet-to-be-revealed climate change strategy.

Scheer also told Business in Vancouver that the Conservatives are also looking at the question of foreign funding of environmental group in Canada, and hinted they might be excluded from participating in environmental reviews.

Scheer was the keynote speaker this morning at the final day of the Association of Mineral Exploration (AME) Roundup conference in Vancouver. He drew applause when criticizing the Justin Trudeau government’s policies on resource industries like mining and oil and gas.

“These last three years have been a mess of regulatory uncertainty,” he said. “Relationships with key trading partners have been put at risk with Trudeau’s failed foreign policy.”

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