Yesterday, senators voted to accept comprehensive amendments to Bill C-69. With all these amendments, Bill C-69 would ensure a timely and effective approval process.
Without them, it will send a troubling message that Canada is a place not interested in getting big projects, like pipelines, built.
The bill will now be voted on a final time by senators in third reading and it will then be up to the federal cabinet and government to decide whether they’ll accept or reject the amendments.
We believe Canadians have been clear on Bill C-69. A multi-partisan consensus of premiers across the country, from Alberta, to Ontario, to Newfoundland and Labrador, told the Senate an unchanged Bill C-69 would do damage to our economy.
Time and time again when asked, a clear majority of Canadians have said they want new pipelines built in Canada. In January, 6 in 10 Canadians called a lack of pipeline capacity a crisis.
It’s time for Prime Minister Trudeau and his government to listen.