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The federal push to enact Bill C-69, introduced by Environment Minister Catherine McKenna to overhaul Canada’s environment assessment process, risks compounding the uncertainty facing project proponents for pipelines and other major infrastructure, writes Grant Bishop of the C.D. Howe Institute think tank. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Time to unclog the pipes

Opinion|Grant Bishop
Canada can't risk further delays in boosting pipeline export capacity.
We see a tremendous degree of value in working with companies to inform and support improvements in their practices.
Social and economic prosperity will not be realized using a piecemeal, project-based approach.
Some trade experts think Canada will ratify the trilateral agreement before the 2019 election, while one warned against rushing through legislation, with the U.S. timeline up in the air.
Given the U.S. president’s paranoid view of international dealings as commercial warfare, the new NAFTA deal reached this week was about as good an outcome as could be expected for Ottawa.
‘He can get into a room with senior politicians and business leaders and convey confidence,’ says Eric Miller, a former senior policy adviser to the embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C.
Five MPs were sworn in as new ministers, expanding the front bench to 35 from 30, while 11 existing cabinet members were shuffled to new posts or had their titles and responsibilities altered. No one was dropped.
Fearing more Canadian tariffs against other countries, some steel users are hiring lobbyists for the first time.
News|Neil Moss
The Liberals' commitment to the North is being questioned as the Senate Banking Committee's recommendation to fund of research on a 7,000-km northern transportation system is unheeded.
While protecting the environment is important, well-intentioned actions, like putting in place an oil and gas exploration ban and carbon pricing, represent a U-turn in our struggle for economic prosperity.
Feature|Emily Haws
Northerners need to be ‘in control of their destiny,’ says the Crown-Indigenous relations minister.
Opinion|Lu Shaye
China may have started the infrastructure campaign, but it’s a joint effort.
Last week’s Supreme Court ruling raised the possibility that B.C. might have a stronger legal argument now to limit the flow of oil through the province on environmental grounds.
'In addition to mismanaging infrastructure funds meant for improving provincial and municipal infrastructure, the Liberal government is also mismanaging its own federal infrastructure projects,' writes Conservative MP Michael Chong.
'When I came [to Canada], the infrastructure that was available to me, such as recreational facilities, soccer fields, libraries, [the] public transit system, enabled me to succeed.'
'For the Yukon and Northwest Territories, and for Nunavut, you’re getting pretty significant GDP gains if we improve that quality of [infrastructure] transportation,' says report co-author Professor Kent Fellows.
If Canadians want to be innovative, they have to realize development and trade are not mutually exclusive.
Canada is set to start formal trade talks with the South American bloc Mercosur, meanwhile it's ready to sign the revised TPP this week, as Donald Trump says he'll impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.
Ports and airports want the federal government to pick up the pace with grant approvals, while the 2018 budget indicates that billions of dollars worth of infrastructure spending planned for this or next fiscal year will instead be delayed to later years.
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