Mr. Peter Julian (Burnabyâ€”New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the government's process involves arresting people. It actually should involve consulting Canadians.
This is about getting development right, not doing it at any cost. The Conservatives do not seem to believe in social license. They think it is an ideological term. They should tell that to the folks who are on Burnaby Mountain right now. With no real credible evaluation process, arresting people is not going to give projects like Kinder Morgan's social licence.
Why has the government so thoroughly and completely broken trust with the public on energy project review?
Mrs. Kelly Block (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, CPC): Mr. Speaker, the National Energy Board is a robust, independent regulatory body that conducts a rigorous science and fact-based review on projects.
As I said, the board must hear from those who are directly affected by a proposed project and may choose to hear from those who have relevant expertise on the matter.
Again, we have been clear. These projects will not proceed if they are not safe for Canadians and not safe for the environment.