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Canada’s Senate needs time to get Bill C-69 right: Joseph Quesnel for Inside Policy – MLI

February 14, 2019

The Senate of Canada appears determined to serve as the chamber of sober second thought for Bill C-69, which is the Government of Canada’s sweeping revamp of environmental proposal processes. Good thing! While there are solid and important elements in the proposed legislation, the proposal is too big, too open-ended, and poorly timed.

Rarely have pieces of legislation attracted such odd alignments of supporters and opponents. Some First Nations and the Canadian Mining Association have backed the bill. So too, understandably, have environmental organizations. But other resource-dependent First Nations are pushing back, as are many companies and communities in the oil and gas sector.

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