Trudeau Government Rejects Conservative Amendments To C-69 As "Unacceptable"

June 12th, 2019 | Poletical

On June 12th, it was made clear by an anonymous source within the Liberal government that 90% of all Conservative amendments to Bill C-69 would be rejected. The anonymous official called the amendments "simply unacceptable".

Bill C-69 has been considered a devastating and destructive bill for Canada's oil and pipeline industries. The federal Conservatives had proposed more than 100 amendments that would have limited the bill's impact on having pipelines built and on Western Canada's struggling oil patch. 

Just a day after Trudeau accused conservative premiers of threatening to divide Canada, the Trudeau government is expected to reject nearly all of the amendments to the widely criticized and contentious Bill C-69.

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One of the Conservative amendments would have made it more difficult to challenge an approval in court. Another, Liberals claim, would have made it easier for the new assessment agency to decide on projects that could affect indigenous land and indigenous tribes. 

The story as reported by the Canadian Press:

The federal government is rejecting most of the amendments proposed by Conservative senators to Bill C-69.

A senior government official speaking on the condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter, said after going through every amendment — there were 187 by one count — the government has concluded most of the proposals by Conservative senators were designed to weaken the bill.

About 90 per cent of the Conservative amendments will not be agreed to, he said, including allowing the new Impact Assessment Agency flexibility to decide whether to take into account a project’s effect on Indigenous rights or climate change.

With a Liberal majority in the House Of Commons and an ideologically liberal Senate, it is now more likely that Bill C-69 will pass into law without the amendments that would have made it lighter on Canada's struggling oil sector.

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