Many measures contained in the current Budget Implementation legislation were not even mentioned in the March 29th Budget, and most have absolutely nothing to do with implementing the budget, or follow any coherent principle or logic.
Omnibus bills subvert the Parliamentary process by denying Members of Parliament and the Canadian public the ability to fully study or understand the drastic changes currently being made to our laws without proper study or scrutiny. If passed in current form, this bill would undo decades of environmental law, profoundly degrade the Canadian government’s ability to defend our environment, and give the fossil fuel industry free rein to build pipelines and recklessly expand the oil sands, largely unchecked by environmental regulations or public participation.
This is unacceptable. We must immediately abandon Bill C-38, and ensure that any future legislation on the environment receives adequate study and debate before the appropriate committees without the use of time allocation.
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The Top 5 Reasons why C-38 will devastate Canada’s environment
- It repeals the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and introduces a weaker version, without a single day of hearings before the environment committee.
- It removes protection of endangered species and their habitat, when approving pipeline projects, by amending the Species at Risk Act and the Navigable Waters Protection Act.
- It guts the Fisheries Act by removing provisions for habitat protection.
- It repeals the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act.
- It eliminates the National Round Table on Environment and Economy.