Proposed Federal Environment Law Weak, Indefinite and Narrow
The NWT Chapter filed comments to the federal consultation on Bill C-69, with respect to changes to the Impact Assessment Act, Canadian Energy Regulator Act, and the Navigable Waters Protection Act.
Many concerns were noted, including:
- The failure to fulfill the campaign promise of reinstating protection on the lakes and rivers stripped of protection by the Harper government;
- The lack of precision and clarity of the Impact Assessment Act and the imposition of artificial deadlines for completion of reviews;
- The lack of sweeping and powerful protections on the purity of water, and it’s non-commercial availabilty as a human right; and,
- The exclusion of the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act from the comprehensive review of environmental protection laws.
On April 28, 2018, Environment Minister Catherince McKenna replied to our letter.