Nature Canada Comments on Members of Parliament Passing Bill C-38
June 18, 2012 (Ottawa) – Ian Davidson, executive director at Nature Canada, made the following statement in response to the federal government's passage of Bill C-38, the omnibus budget bill:
Today, Members of Parliament passed Bill C-38, the omnibus budget bill that represents sweeping changes to our system of environmental laws in order to fast-track the Northern Gateway Pipeline and projects like it.
In passing this budget bill, essential protections are being removed at the expense of our land, water, climate and wildlife. It represents an abdication of the federal government’s number one responsibility, to protect the health and safety of its people.
The gutting of environmental safeguards means that Canadians will face increasing risk from rushed industrial projects, and will have fewer opportunities to participate in environmental reviews before they are approved.
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