The Quebec company had extensive access to government ministers and top staffers, and was the only organization registered to lobby for allowing deferred prosecution agreements for white collar crimes.
‘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.
It won’t be easy, however, with several parties in Quebec posturing as environmental champions, says Léger pollster Christian Bourque.
The Senate Environment Committee will be grappling with Bill C-69 until at least mid-April and likely later, and Senators hope to tour cities big and small as part of their work.
After hours of talking behind closed doors, Senators agreed to take their study of the government's environmental assessment reform bill on the road, but left the details to the three-member steering committee.
The Liberal prime minister started off strong on the world stage, but has fallen out a global leadership role in the past few months, says the president of the Canadian International Council.
Sticking the changes in an omnibus budget bill would break a Liberal promise to stop that practice. It's also one of few ways the government could short-cut through another Senate study and packed legislative schedule.
‘Canadians have been heard on this already,’ say five environmental groups following Bill C-69.