Canadian Opposition leader promises to cut regulatory red tape – by Staff ( – January 31, 2019)

A Canadian government led by Andrew Scheer, the current leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, would repeal legislation currently before the Senate that hobbles resource development.

Speaking at Roundup 2019, Scheer said if a Conservative government is elected on October 21, they will “develop a process that aims to get things done in this country.” The four-day annual mineral exploration meet-up concluded on Thursday.

The Opposition leader reminded the audience of explorationists that 3,700 businesses across Canada are involved in mining, which is also the largest employer of indigenous people in the country.

Bills C-55, C-68 and C-69 “are an alphabet soup of regulatory burden,” and Conservatives would repeal C-69 in particular, he said.

The bill would examine the rules around assessment of major projects in order to protect the environment, and pledges input from indigenous communities in the review process. Scheer called the bill “too flawed” and “a pipeline killer”, referring to Kinder Morgan’s decision last year to cancel the Trans Mountain pipeline project amid public opposition.

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