Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says it makes no sense for Ottawa to have spent $4.5 billion tp buy the Trans Mountain pipeline while they are pushing legislation that Notley says will prevent many future energy projects from being built.
Notley was in Ottawa Thursday morning in order to give the Senate committee her take on Bill C-69 which would change the way future energy projects are approved and assessed.
Notley told the Senate the bill needs major amendments which include setting harder limits on the time allowed for a review and ensuring the reviews also take into consideration how many jobs a project could create.
She wants most future Alberta energy projects to be exempted from the bill due to the already existing review process put in place by the provincial government. Notley said Bill C-69 is no better than the review process it replaces, calling the former Harper government’s Environmental Assessment act misguided and damaging to the economy, calling it a “no pipeline” policy.
over 40,000 letters have been sent to individual senators asking to have the bill amended according to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.
Bill C-69 would replace a web of regulatory bodies with a single Impact Assessment Agency of Canada which would carry out the reviews of all major projects in the country and carry out consultations efforts with the Indigenous communities affected by each project.