IN THE HOUSE ~ Question ~ on the flawed review process for energy projects

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Mr. Peter Julian (New Westminster—Burnaby, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the former Conservative government slashed environmental protections and gutted pipeline reviews, leaving out first nations on issues like climate change and cutting public participation. Last fall, the Liberals promised to reverse the damage and put in place a new review process for all pipelines, including existing proposals, but, as I speak, the Kinder Morgan and energy east reviews are continuing under the Conservatives' broken rules.

Will the minister stop pushing through reviews that come from the old discredited government and make good on the Liberals' election promise to establish new, stronger rules?

Hon. Jim Carr (Minister of Natural Resources, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, we have said all along that there will be a transitional process that will govern those major projects that are currently under review. That process will embody the principles that will be necessary if we are going to get approval of these very important projects for Alberta, for Saskatchewan, for New Brunswick, and for Newfoundland. In an odd way, we are taking the member's advice.

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