About The Submission:
When Bill C-69 was first announced, we, alongside many organizations, supported the bill as an important step in the right direction towards strengthening Canada’s broken environmental assessment framework. We were encouraged to see that it included consideration of a project’s impact on Canada’s climate commitments, allowed for meaningful public participation, promised greater transparency in decision-making and limited the role of industry-captured regulators. As this open letter lays out, in the course of spring 2019 we’ve begun to lose confidence that this new legislation, the “Project List” and the Strategic Assessment of Climate Change (SACC), will result in an improvement on the current environmental assessment framework or that they will align with Canada’s climate commitments.
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