Nothing says long term prosperity like cutting back the environmental assessment of development projects. Which projects might need environmental assessment can be left up to the Minister himself, and approval of new pipeline projects to the Cabinet — and this government doesn’t have a great track record on the science behind climate change.
A cynical Canadian would point out that these changes are probably aimed at speeding up the Keystone pipeline and new oil sands development. I am that cynical Canadian. (Our Natural Resources Minister would call me a left-wing radical).
C-38 also puts the final nail in the coffin of the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act, but the Environment Minister had already announced that Canada was giving up any appearance of trying to match the Kyoto targets, being, as they were, a socialist scheme).
The budget also provides for larger fines for those who break environmental laws, but the 776 job cuts at Environment Canada mean that many won’t face regular environmental reviews.
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