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‘I got a lot of very, very angry mail’: interest groups ramp up pressure on Senate, government over sweeping environmental assessment bill C-69

By Peter Mazereeuw      

‘It all becomes a blur. You can’t possibly read them all,’ said Independent Alberta Senator Paula Simons, who started getting emails on Bill C-69 before she was even sworn into the Senate.

Former Conservative Party leadership candidate Rick Peterson is one of the founders of Suits and Boots, a group devoted to stamping out Environment Minister Catherine McKenna's massive environmental assessment reform bill, C-69. Suits and Boots is just one of several non-profit groups trying to rally the Canadian public to tell Senators, including Independent Senator Paula Simons, right, how they feel about the bill. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade, file photograph

Powerful labour unions, oil and gas lobbyists, environmental groups, and even Alberta United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney are among the players in a growing public relations and lobbying battle to sway Senators studying the government’s controversial environmental assessment reform bill, C-69.

Peter Mazereeuw

Peter Mazereeuw is a deputy editor for The Hill Times covering politics, legislation, and the Senate.
- peter@hilltimes.com


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