‘It’s only prudent that enough time is given for everyone to get this right for our workers in the offshore,’ says Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan.
Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan defended his department's work on long-overdue offshore safety regulations, telling a committee of Senators on Feb. 9 that policymakers in his department needed enough time to get them right. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The Senate has chopped in half an extension the government proposed to give itself for making permanent health and safety regulations for offshore oil and gas platforms.
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MPs will be able to continue to charge the central House budget for the cost of items like masks and hand sanitizer, or office reconfiguration as a result of COVID-19, until Sept. 30, among other measures.
As of January, $185-million of the $761-million approved for the first five years of work on the Centre Block building and construction of the underground welcome centre, up to 2021-22, has been spent.