Dear Friends and Supporters,
I am writing to inform you that the government looks set to quietly backtrack on their promise to fix our environmental laws. But, it’s not too late to do something about it!
A few months ago, the government undermined the recommendations of the Committee on Electoral Reform. Now, they are almost entirely ignoring the recommendations of not one, but two expert panels on environmental assessment.
The previous government caused devastating damage to the protections we had in place to safeguard our environment, along with the rights of Indigenous communities who are often the first line of defence against environmentally-destructive projects. Their government’s omnibus budget bills C-38 and C-45 were responsible for gutting many of these protections. Now, it appears the current government is set to break their promise to reverse this mess.
As you may recall, I spent 24 straight hours in the House of Commons in 2012, after having tabled 400 amendments to bill C-38. Not a single amendment was accepted by the majority government of the day.
Fast forward 3 years and the Liberals promised to fix all of that. But now they’re quietly backing down. In a 23-page publicly available discussion paper released in late June, the government laid out a lacklustre position on issues relating to environmental protection, offering Canadians until August 28th to weigh in.
The environmental reforms promised by the government are shaping up to little more than half-measures, or worse. My main concerns are:
I urge all Canadians to submit their comments at discussionpaper.ca before August 28,to compel this administration to adopt all of the expert panels’ recommendations for these desperately needed environmental reforms.
Thank you for helping me hold the government accountable to its promises. Together, we can achieve a Canada that does not pit resource extraction industries against the protection of our shared environment.
Elizabeth May, O.C.
Member of Parliament
Leader of the Green Party of Canada