Bill C-69 is Canada's new pipeline approval legislation.
It's 400 pages of additional regulation that also replaces the National Energy Board, with its focus on science and safety, with a new Canadian Energy Regulator, with a new focus on social justice and gender.
The bill also makes approvals political, leaving the final decision in the hands of the Environment Minister.
Yes, friends. Climate Barbie is calling the shots now!
We already know Natural Resources Canada didn't do any economic assessment about the impact of Bill C-69 on Alberta's oil and gas sector.
We discovered that information through a previous access to information investigation.
But what about Environment and Climate Change Canada?
Since the Environment Minister now has the final say about whether or not a project will go ahead, did that Ministry bother to study how bad this bill would be for Alberta?
We filed and identical access-to-information request into Environment and Climate Change Canada as we did into Natural Resources Canada.
We asked them to “provide copies of any economic analysis of the impact of Bill C-69 on Alberta's oil and gas sector since November 4th 2015.”
“After a thorough search, no records were found concerning this request. However, we recommend that you submit a request to both the Canadian environmental assessment agency as well as natural resources Canada.”
Recent polls show anywhere from 25 to 50% of Albertans express some form of separatist sentiment - which according to pollsters include anything from wanting a better deal with in Canada's equalization framework to editing the country altogether. That’s higher than the separatist sentiment in Quebec.
Is it any wonder why Albertans are becoming so disaffected with Canada when the government cares so little about how they are harming us