Federal Gov't News
Fixing A Broken System
Responsible resource management will create jobs & protect environment
Released by Robert Pearsall, PA to MP Mark Strahl/Voice file photo
the review process for major resource development projects by the federal
Conservative Government will create jobs and provide better environmental
protection in British Columbia, according to Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP,
Strahl was reacting to changes announced by Minister of Natural Resources,
the Honourable Joe Oliver.
"There are numerous
examples of economic opportunities missed and jobs lost due to
needless bureaucratic duplication and red tape," said Strahl.
"Responsible Resource Development will create good quality jobs in
British Columbia while maintaining the highest possible standards
for protecting the environment."
The proposed changes for Responsible Resource Development will
streamline Canada's review system while ensuring the environment is
Making reviews for
major projects more predictable and timely;
and regulatory burden;
environmental protection; and,
consultations with Aboriginal peoples.
A proposal to develop a
396-megawatt offshore wind energy project in Haida Gwaii in British
Columbia is just one example of a project needlessly delayed. The
proponent estimates that the project would have a capital investment
of $1.6 billion and would create up to 200 construction jobs. The
federal decision to approve the process came 16 months after the
provincial decision to approve the exact same project.
The initiative will also address current gaps in the enforcement of
environmental regulations. As it stands now there is no direct
enforcement mechanism in place to ensure a major economic project
complies with mitigation measures required by environmental
assessments under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA).
There are also resources wasted covering small projects that pose
little risk to the environment such as the development of additional
office space inside Canada Place in Vancouver, something the
Responsible Resource Development will remedy.
"There are enormous opportunities to create jobs and long-term
prosperity through trade with emerging markets in Canada but we risk
losing those opportunities to other competitors because of an
inefficient regulatory system," said Strahl.
Over the next ten years, there could be $500 billion in potential
investment in Canada's energy and mining sectors. This is the
equivalent of a company the size of Apple moving to Canada every two
years. In British Columbia alone companies are looking at investing
$83.9 billion over the next ten years in 158 projects in the energy,
mineral and metals, and forest sectors. However, this investment is
not guaranteed. Companies are able to invest in countries around the
world, and Canada must ensure that we can continue to be the best
country in the world to do business in.
"Canada is blessed with an abundance of natural resources. We are
committed to the responsible sustainable development of these
resources to bring jobs, growth and long-term prosperity to all
Canadians," said Strahl.
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