Alberta rallies senators on changes to Bill C-69
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.
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.