By Colleen Collins and Marla Orenstein Jan. 21, 2019
Bill C-69 would essentially move the approval for pipelines and nuclear facilities from independent, expert regulators to a new Impact Assessment Agency that reports to the environment minister—like having that minister regulate air safety. It makes no sense.
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna introduced Bill C-69, which is currently at committee stage in the Senate. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The next time you fly, consider two things: the greenhouse gas emissions created by air travel and whether you will land safely. Then think about who should be the primary regulator of air travel—is it the minister of the environment or transport?
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