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Policy Briefing: Natural Resources
Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured Nov. 29 at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa as Mr. Trudeau announces the government's approval for the Kinder Morgan and Line 3 pipelines. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Pipeline decisions about getting resources to market sustainably, says Natural Resources Minister Carr

Feature|Rachel Aiello
'In the context of any particular decision, there will be people who like it and people who like it less well, but governing is the business of making choices for which we will be held accountable,' says Carr.
Opinion|Ryan Bullock
Only with more robust research and reporting on how natural resource development partnerships are benefiting aboriginal peoples will we be able to craft policies that increase these benefits. Until we have this information, policy making will remain a best guess scenario.
MiningWatch Canada says the industry is operating on an outdated, weak corporate social responsibility strategy and needs an ombudsman paired with government commitment to enforce sanctions against offending extractive companies.
A policy path forward, then, is to include aboriginal women as decision-makers in all stakeholder engagement practice, not just as token voices in the formulation of impact agreements.
Canada’s regulatory heritage, the types of agreements negotiated in the mining and wind energy sectors, and a certain perspective arising from the literature on social acceptability or social acceptance fostering direct negotiation between communities and industry all take for granted or support the withdrawal or selective absence of the public authorities and overlook their potential roles and responsibilities.
One oil spill specialist says the government 'missed the mark' on the marine safety plan, while another calls it a 'step in the right direction' that may require more attention if marine traffic increases.
Canada’s natural resource industries have a very bright future. Our natural resources and our know-how in this sector will continue to play a big role in our economy. But, to ensure that future, we need to take the correct steps today.
Since the election of the Trudeau government, 100,000 energy workers alone have lost their jobs and face a very bleak Christmas.

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