Monday, February 16, 2009
Harpers plan to deregulate the environment
In the next few weeks the conservatives are going to be coming out with new environmental regulatory rules or in reality new deregulatory rules, that should eliminate about 90 per cent of federal environmental assessments.
On Saturday, John Baird our minister of transport, infrastructure and communities, explained that the federal government will begin relying more on provincial assessments for joint projects rather than having both levels of government do the same work and thus bogging down the process.
Only in Harpers Canada would we have the minister of the environment, Jim Prentice in Calgary announcing major energy projects on the same day that the minister for infrastructure is in Toronto making major environmental announcements. Although in a way it does make sense, since Harper and company have never really had their heart in this environmental thing, anyway and what is the worse thing that could happen.
I am sure every province, despite the differences in their approach to protecting the environment will take a national view when assessing the downwind, downstream effects or the protection of Canada’s shared wildlife and habitats, when approving the projects for the industries and corporations that are important to their province. Isn’t that right Mr. Stelmach.
Every recession has its silver lining and now the conservatives can pass all those pesky environmental questions on to the provincial level and Harper can move another step closer to creating the perfect, resource focussed, free enterprise system. One that is free of another federal restriction. The NCC must be so proud.