Members of the Senate Environment Committee will meet next week to begin their study of the government’s sweeping and controversial 400-plus-page Bill C-69, starting with a debate on a Conservative proposal to hold public hearings on the bill across the country. Several committee members say they have serious concerns about the bill, with some saying they want to defeat it. Environmentalists say C-69 doesn’t go far enough, and industry associations say it will discourage project investments. The government, meanwhile, says the bill strikes a balance between resource development and environmental protection.
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