Date: 2016/11/17 -- Category/Categories: Island Tides, Publications

The Liberal government led by Right Honourable Justin Trudeau was elected on October 19 and sworn in on November 4, last year. So, how is the current administration doing? The grading of a new government needs to start by setting out the context for assessment. However, setting the bar by the previous government is too ...

Date: 2016/10/18 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

How corrupt is the environmental review process? Or how is it that DFO, CEAA and NRCan decided that Petronas LNG was not a threat to the Skeena Salmon? I do not use the word ‘corrupt’ lightly. If not for a fairly random connection, I would merely be heart-broken at the environmental and climate atrocity wrapped ...

Date: 2016/10/03 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides, Kinder Morgan

The following is an excerpt from my submission to the Supplemental panel on Kinder Morgan: The KM project has not been reviewed by any regulatory body or agency to assess if it is in Canada’s economic interest. There is no information from any credible source to claim the project is in our economic interest. In ...

Date: 2016/09/17 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

In another stunning development in pipeline politics on September 9th, the three person panel of National Energy Board Commissioners stepped down, recusing themselves from the Energy East pipeline review.  Mike De Souza of the National Observer uncovered the fact that the panel members had met with former Quebec Premier Jean Charest, while he was paid ...

Date: 2016/09/03 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

The summer of 2016 was a record breaker. July was the hottest month ever recorded and 2016 is on track to be the hottest year ever recorded. The heat wave in the United States was described as a “heat dome.” California fires due to tinder dry conditions threatened communities. And while parts of North America ...

Date: 2016/07/25 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

It is not an experience that I talk about. The other day I had cause to think about August 1968 for the first time in a long time.  A reporter for the Canadian Press in Washington DC called me to ask about any parallels between the current us political scene, the unruly political convention season ...

Date: 2016/07/11 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

Over the last five years as a Member of Parliament, the month of June has typically been hellish. Under the Conservatives, it was typical to try to force through as much as possible, while making the opposition as miserable as possible, by sitting every night until midnight. This June was a decided improvement—only a few ...

Date: 2016/06/27 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

As a result of the omnibus budget bill, C-38, of spring 2012, Canadian environmental assessment has been converted from a predictable, professional process to a dog’s breakfast of wildly disparate review standards.  Projects caught in the pre-2012 thorough review process under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act get one standard of review. Those under the new ...

Date: 2016/06/13 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

I don’t think I have ever had two Island Tides articles back to back that covered an evolving story.  Parliament does not usually have the characteristics of a soap opera. A narrative arc does not connect my weeks.  But in re-reading my last column, it reinforced how remarkably the tide has turned.   Yes, dear readers, ...

Date: 2016/05/30 -- Category/Categories: Island Tides

Political party partisanship showed up in an unexpectedly spectacular fashion on Wednesday, May 18, but began much earlier. Soon after the election, talking with a Liberal committee chair, I explained that the motions passed in the last parliament—to prevent my smaller party MP rights being exercised at Report Stage in every committee—had died with that ...

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