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Budget bill gives Cabinet veto in pipeline, oil sands projects, say critics

PARLIAMENT HILL—A provision of the Conservative government's 425-page budget bill contains contentious revisions of environmental law that will allow Cabinet the power to overrule the National Energy Board and give the green light to controversial projects such as the highly controversial Enbridge oil sands pipeline across northern British Columbia, say environmental associations and MPs.

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Budget bill gives Cabinet veto in pipeline, oil sands projects, say critics

Green Leader Elizabeth May argues the NEB has always had the capacity to overrule findings by any of the review panels it establishes for projects such as the Northern Gateway, but the Budget Implementation Bill will assure investors that regardless of what happens, the Harper government will have the power to override any decision.

PARLIAMENT HILL—A provision of the Conservative government's 425-page budget bill contains contentious revisions of environmental law that will allow Cabinet the power to overrule the National Energy Board and give the green light to controversial projects such as the highly controversial Enbridge oil sands pipeline across northern British Columbia, say environmental associations and MPs.

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Friday, October 24, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lockdown on the Hill, Oct. 22 Oct. 22, 2014

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs on Wednesday morning at the corner of Metcalfe and Wellington streets outside the Langevin Block, where the prime minister has an office, across the street from Parliament Hill. They include Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdière, second from right, and Charlie Angus, far right. 

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MP Charlie Angus and other MPs wait in front of the prime minister's office at Langevin Block, after leaving the Hill on Wednesday morning. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police Service officers on Parliament Hill at around 10:45 a.m.

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police cars on Wellington Street in front of the Hill on the morning of the attack.

Anne Marie Creskey

An armoured police vehicle on Metcalfe Street headed toward the Hill.

Anne Marie Creskey

More police arrive on Wellington Street.

Anne Marie Creskey

RCMP officers on Sparks Street between Elgin and Metcalfe streets on Wednesday morning. Surroundings buildings were locked down and later evacuated. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Reporters and camera crews are pushed back to the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

Anne Marie Creskey

The prime minister's office in the Langevin Block is evacuated.

Anne Marie Creskey

Police with a stretcher on Sparks Street.

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