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Budget would let industry go unchecked

Open letter to Ron Cannan:

Many measures contained in Bill C-38, the current Budget Implementation legislation were not even mentioned in the March 29 Budget, and most have absolutely nothing to do with implementing the budget, or follow any coherent principle or logic.

Bill C-38 is more an Omnibus bill than a budget implementation bill, containing everything in it but the kitchen sink. This omnibus bill subverts the Parliamentary process by denying Members of Parliament and the Canadian public the ability to fully study, understand or respond to the introduction, amendment or repeal of nearly 70 federal laws.

If passed in its current form, this bill would undo decades of environmental law, profoundly degrade the Canadian government’s ability to defend our environment, and give the fossil fuel industry free reign to build pipelines and recklessly expand the oil sands, largely unchecked by environmental regulations or public participation.

This is unacceptable.

We must immediately abandon Bill C-38, and ensure that any future legislation on the environment receives adequate study and debate before the appropriate committees without the use of time allocation.

Pat Shaughnessy,

Kelowna

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