Health Canada was an intervener against the Energy East pipeline, contributed to its cancellation and they were weaponized to meddle in the process by the Liberal government's Privy Council.
And we have the exclusive documents to prove it.
TransCanada's Energy East was a nearly 16 billion dollar privately-owned pipeline project meant to bring oil from Alberta to St. John.
However, Justin Trudeau's Liberals changed the rules on the company halfway through, adding indirect greenhouse gas emissions as a consideration for the approval of a project — what the company called “changed circumstances” — and TransCanada pulled the plug on the pipe in 2017.
If the plan to scare away the pipeline company with extra rules in the middle of the game had failed, the Liberals had a plan B: Health Canada would intervene with concerns about human health risks. The monkey wrench in the plan? There were no human health risks from the pipeline and Health Canada was having trouble making some up.
In one briefing note edit, the bureaucrats struggled to find reasons for their involvement, saying,
“We could also mention that there's a strong opposition from the general public from many mayors of the Montreal region where live more than 4 million people and from aboriginals, First Nations of Quebec - making up 43 communities in Quebec and Labrador”
Twenty-seven full pages of access to information were redacted with the use of section 69 (1)(e) of the Information Act — the exemption that protects Cabinet secrets and “records used for reflecting communications or discussions between ministers of the crown on matters relating to the making of government decisions or the formulation of government policy.”
Health Canada should stick to mishandling things under their mandate like the obesity crisis, the opioid epidemic, and the syphilis outbreak and leave pipeline safety to the experts.