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Policy Briefing: Natural Resources
Conservative MP Shannon Stubbs is criticizing the federal Liberal government for vetoing the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline and allegedly stacking the deck against the Energy East line, which she called Canada’s only two opportunities for access to tidewater to deliver Canadian energy to the Asia Pacific and to Europe. Photograph courtesy of TransCanada

Liberal government must champion and support Canada’s dynamic natural resources sector

Since the 2015 election, the Liberals have undermined confidence in the regulator, and have created a regulatory vacuum for energy developers in Canada. They’ve imposed new hurdles, delays, rule changes, called for phasing out the oil sands, and added costs and roadblocks to the oil and gas sector—already, the most heavily regulated industry in Canada, by all levels of government, writes Conservative MP Shannon Stubbs.
The low Canadian dollar, the high price of lumber, and a strong United States economy mean the impact on the industry is not as severe as the early 2000s, despite a ruling against Canada last week. However, this could change if the dispute continues.
This government has promised to restore lost protections in it. Here’s how it can modernize this important law.
'Our government is committed to restoring the confidence of Canadians in how major resource projects are evaluated,' says the natural resources minister.
Canadian real estate, including both residential and commercial, accounts for more than 40 per cent of total energy consumption. Given this sizeable usage and emission footprint for the built world, the sector should be an area of focus for Canadian governments as they try to stem energy usage.
The Environmental Assessment Processes Review looks to restore trust in assessments after the former Conservative government's widely criticized Environmental Assessment Act was passed in 2012.
The future of Canadian forestry is bright, but the federal government can help ensure that future with project procurements that will expand new, innovative sectors that could provide new foundations for this iconic part of our economy, says NDP natural resources critic Richard Cannings.
Industry and policy experts say the government can use procurement to jumpstart demand for new clean-tech products.

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