CEPA said it is deeply disappointed by the Canadian Federal Government’s decision to reject critical amendments to Bill C-69, which were developed in close consultation with the community and a comprehensive Senate review of the Bill.
The nearly 200 amendments have, in large part, been rejected by the government, which CEPA said must be accepted in full to achieve a project review process that is workable for future pipeline development.
The association’s recommendations raised concerns around key issues including timelines, ministerial discretion and public participation.
“If Bill C-69 passes in its current form, it is difficult to imagine that any major new pipeline projects will be proposed or built in the future,” said CEPA President and CEO Chris Bloomer.
“This is not only an industry issue – it will hurt all Canadians, as the lack of investment could cost the country billions of dollars in revenue that fund vital social services.
“We have been collaborating with lawmakers for three years to create legislation that would provide the clarity, predictability and certainty needed to ensure responsibly-produced Canadian resources can be provided to the world.
“This Bill falls short and is simply the wrong move for Canada.”
CEPA is encouraging Senators to consider reintroducing the amendments when the Bill returns to the Senate.