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Corbella: Oil execs say Bill C-69 still so flawed no pipelines will be built

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14.06.2019

And the hits (a.k.a. the insults) just keep on coming.

After it was announced Wednesday that the federal Liberal government would not accept all 188 amendments to the disastrous Impact Assessment Act, or Bill C-69, as recommended by the Senate of Canada, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna thought that in case the sector driving the most investment in Canada didn’t get the message, she’d stick her stiletto-like vitriol into its collective jugular, just to be sure.

“Let’s be clear on what Conservative politicians want,” said McKenna during a news conference. “They want to replace environmental review with a pipeline approval process. They want us to copy and paste recommendations written by oil lobbyists.

“That’s why we rejected 90 per cent of the Conservative amendments. They’re unacceptable to us and they’re unacceptable to Canadians.”

In other words, because many of the amendments to Bill C-69 — regardless of their validity and thoughtfulness — were recommended by Conservative-appointed senators, her government decided to reject them. That’s some way to run a country.

Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change. Tony Caldwell/Postmedia/File

In response to her utterly dismissive and insulting words and to the devastating news that the most important amendments were rejected, on Thursday morning the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers convened an urgent meeting at the Metropolitan Centre in downtown Calgary with a group of 21 energy industry presidents and CEOs. What they had to say was sobering, frightening and upsetting. But it was also all said with some hope that the........

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