Al­berta ral­lies sen­a­tors on changes to Bill C-69

Calgary Herald - - CITY + REGION - EMMA GRANEY [email protected]­media.com twit­ter.com/Em­maLGraney

ED­MON­TON The fed­eral gov­ern­ment needs to “quit dither­ing ” over a bill that will over­haul Canada’s en­ergy reg­u­la­tory pro­cesses, Al­berta’s en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter says.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Shan­non Phillips was in Ot­tawa Wednes­day to meet with sen­a­tors over the fu­ture of Bill C-69, dubbed the Im­pact As­sess­ment Act.

Although the prov­ince sup­ports the in­tent of the bill, Phillips is adamant it would, in its cur­rent form, hurt both the Al­berta and the Cana­dian economies.

She’s con­fi­dent sen­a­tors will see her side and amend the bill as it makes its way through the Up­per House, say­ing Al­berta’s case has a “broad coali­tion of sup­port” in Ot­tawa.

PROJECT AP­PROVALS

Bill C-69 would change the rules for project ap­provals and re­place the Na­tional En­ergy Board with a new Cana­dian en­ergy reg­u­la­tor. The Al­berta gov­ern­ment ar­gues it would also over­step pro­vin­cial ju­ris­dic­tion, nor does it like the fact the leg­is­la­tion would fac­tor down­stream emis­sions into pipe­line ap­provals.

Phillips wants the bill changed on a num­ber of fronts, and on Wednes­day made Al­berta’s case to about 50 sen­a­tors and oth­ers on Par­lia­ment Hill.

“There is no ques­tion that we can im­prove this bill, and we should. It’s too im­por­tant to get wrong,” Phillips said af­ter her meet­ings.

The bill passed in the House of Com­mons in June and is now be­fore the Se­nate.

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