“Obviously, resource development will stop cold. This is a bill
written by economic ignoramuses who have no understanding as to
why Canada enjoys high living standards and supports a generous
social safety net. … This is not legislation. This is sabotage.”
The Liberals’ Bill C-69, a train wreck of politically correct nonsense, passed last year and is now in the Senate where dozens of amendments have been proposed.
Frankly, the Senate should reject the bill because it will impose onerous consultative and other burdens that will severely hobble all energy projects in future. It grants power to the environment minister — not the minister of natural resources — over fossil fuel, mining, nuclear, pipeline, and rail transportation projects.
The bill extends the Liberals’ anti-oil bias because other large-emissions industries such as chemicals, aluminum, fertilizer, cement, agricultural and waste treatment facilities are not included.
But the hidden coup de grace for the Canadian energy sector is a goofy requirement that projects will be judged according to “the intersection of sex and gender with other identity factors.” Whatever that means.
This vague wording is baked into the bill and will tie up projects indefinitely, cause lawsuits, and frighten off whatever new players or foreigners are willing to invest in Canada. The clause has baffled the country’s lawyers and corporations as to what “intersection” even means, but there are a few who have speculated on it.