Controversial environmental-review bill becomes law, Globe and Mail ($)

Shawn Mccarthy • Global Energy Reporter • Ottawa

Usher of the Black Rod Greg Peters and Governor General Julie Payette look on as government bills are read in the Senate Chamber during a royal assent ceremony, in Ottawa on June 21, 2019. (Credit: Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

The Liberal government received royal assent on Friday for its contentious Bill C-69, the culmination of its effort to revamp how Ottawa reviews major resource projects that began soon after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took power in 2015.

As part of an environmental platform, Mr. Trudeau campaigned four years ago on a promise to repeal Conservative legislation passed in 2012 that had reduced the ability of the public to participate in project reviews, eliminated protections for fish habitats and tilted the playing field in favour of economic development. The Liberals argue Bill C-69 and companion legislation will protect the environment and the rights of Indigenous communities while ensuring that good resource projects receive approval in a predictable review process. MORE>>


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