Weakening Canada’s Environmental Protection Laws
A major policy shift is in the works federally and there is reason to be alarmed: new regulatory changes are planned that will put the goals and practices of sustainable development into peril. By removing environmental protections in the name of short-term economic recovery, we are placing Canada at risk of long-term economic and health impacts.
Just as disturbing, the federal government is developing these radical legal and policy changes extremely quickly and behind closed doors. Even the Minister’s own Regulatory Advisory Committee2 (RAC) which has been meeting twice per year since the inception of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act some 14 years ago, has had no input into what is being developed by government.