Provincial energy ministers from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario are in Calgary to share their reactions to what amendments the federal government has accepted to its environmental assessment overhaul bill.
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Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage, Saskatchewan Energy Minister Bronwyn Eyre and Ontario Energy Minister Greg Rickford are set to speak at 3:30 p.m. MT Wednesday.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government accepted some of the substantial changes that the Senate passed to Bill C-69, but rejected the majority of those proposed by Conservative parliamentarians.
The Senate passed an unprecedented 188 amendments to the bill after months of study and a cross-country committee tour to regions most affected by changes to the natural resources and energy regulatory regime. All told, the Liberal government has accepted 62 of those Senate amendments verbatim and accepted 37 others with some substantial tweaks.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney issued a statement earlier in the day saying the decision to reject many of the Conservative amendments goes against common sense.
“I’m very disappointed to learn that during the night the federal government rejected the vast majority of amendments made by the Senate of Canada to Bill C-69, after thousands of hours of close study and witness testimony,” Kenney said in an emailed statement early Wednesday afternoon.
The legislation now goes back to the Senate, who will have to accept the changes before the bill can become law.
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