Bill-69 Symbol of Broken Pipeline Approval Process
Edmonton (June 13, 2019) – Bill C-69 has become a
glaring example of a pipeline approval process that makes it virtually
impossible to get major resource projects built, according to the Progressive Contractors
Association of Canada (PCA), whose companies employ thousands of construction
workers across Canada.
Senate has sent Bill C-69 back to the House of Commons with several amendments,
none of which improve the process for getting critical pipelines built.
a sad day when the federal government of a resourced based country does all it
can to bog down major projects, drive up costs and uncertainty,” said Paul de
Jong, President of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada. “What we
have now is a pipeline approval process that’s even more broken than it ever
the federal Liberal government has accepted some amendments to Bill C-69, it
has rejected others that are critical to moving pipeline projects forward, such
as the practical changes that PCA suggested, including the following.
- Requiring written justification before a minister extends or
suspends project approval timelines.
- Limiting the right to participate in hearings to “interested
- Making the
regulatory agency independent, allowing it quasi-judicial status and the
power to make project recommendations, not just assessments.
the goal was to kill jobs and drive away investment, this bill will certainly
do that,” added de Jong.
C-69, aimed at redefining the process for reviewing and approving Canada’s
pipelines and other resource projects, now creates more subjective standards
and heightens the risk of political interference.
Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA)
With offices in BC, Alberta and Ontario, PCA is
the voice of progressive unionized employers in Canada’s construction industry.
Our member companies are responsible for 40 percent of energy and natural
resource construction projects in British Columbia and Alberta and are leaders
in infrastructure construction across Canada. PCA member companies employ more
than 25,000 skilled construction workers in Canada, represented primarily by
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