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The federal omnibus budget bill passed Monday evening after a
final debate in the House of Commons, and is now waiting on approval
from the Senate.
"Now that Bill C-38 has been signed off by the federal government, British Columbians can look forward to low protection for wild salmon, fewer environmental safeguards for large industrial projects, less science and more political interference with Canada's remaining environmental laws," said Gwen Barlee, Policy Director at the Wilderness Committee.
“This is a sad day for Canadian democracy. Our elected Prime
Minister is acting more like a representative for big oil companies
than for the people of Canada," said Ben West, Healthy Communities
"Bill C-38 seems tailored by industry lobbyists to make it easier to push through extremely controversial pipeline projects that would bring substantial risk to our rivers and our coast. History will not look kindly upon this government's actions," said West.
Not only does the bill include a complete overhaul of federal environmental assessment legislation, it also eliminates vital protections for fish habitat, withdraws from commitments on climate action and reduces government oversight on potentially destructive industrial projects. In addition, these changes are being rolled out against a backdrop of major cuts to environmental agencies, which have traditionally played an essential role in protecting our air and water.
For more information contact:
Gwen Barlee, Policy Director, Wilderness Committee
Ben West, Healthy Communities Campaigner, Wilderness Committee
The Wilderness Committee is Canada's largest membership-based,
citizen-funded wilderness preservation organization. We work for the
preservation of Canadian and international wilderness through research
and grassroots education. The Wilderness Committee works on the ground
to achieve ecologically sustainable communities.
Thank you for supporting wilderness.