VIDEO: [CanadaPoli] Letters to the PM – and the PM disregards it and frames it as an ‘attack on unity’ [Jun 12, 2019]
The two bills are C-69, legislation that would change the way regulatory authorities evaluate and assess proposed new major resources projects, and C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, which, if passed, would turn into law into what has been practised for years: the prohibition of any oil tankers off of Canada’s northern B.C. coast.
Both bills have cleared third reading in the House of Commons, where the Liberals have the majority, and have just been scrutinized by the Senate, where the Independent Senators Group has the majority. The Senate drastically rewrote C-69 before returning it to the House of Commons. As for C-48, the Senate Committee on Transport and Communications recommended that the legislation be spiked, but the full Senate rejected that recommendation on June 6 by a vote of 53-38.
C-48 now awaits the third and final reading, which would send it to the Governor General for royal assent to become law. The bill is on the Senate’s order paper and is scheduled for a vote Monday evening.
“Bill C-69, as originally drafted, would make it virtually impossible to develop critical infrastructure, depriving Canada of much-needed investment,” says an “urgent letter” signed by the five premiers.