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Public works require public input, but can’t be hamstrung by it

By Independent Senator Paula Simons      

In my experience, there is almost no kind of infrastructure, from bike lanes to pipelines, that someone somewhere won’t oppose.

Bill C-69, introduced by Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, pictured right with Employment Minister Patty Hadju, is about more than creating a new impact assessment regime to handle pipelines. It affects all infrastructure projects under federal jurisdiction, writes Sen. Paula Simons. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The Oxford English Dictionary defines infrastructure as “the basic physical and organizational structures and facilities needed for the operation of a society or enterprise.”

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