Senators of varying political stripes are promising a thorough review of Bill C-69 as it enters committee this week, potentially creating space for the Senate to amend the Liberal’s contentious energy reforms legislation before summer.
The Senate Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources begins its study of C-69 on Tuesday. The bill will be among the most closely watched pieces of legislation this Parliamentary session, and has already become a rallying cry in resource-rich Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Tensions have run extremely high in those provinces in recent months, largely as a result of the industry’s failure over the past 15 years to build major pipelines, leading to a severe price crunch for Canadian crude oil late last year. Some politicians have framed the crisis as a result of policy overreach by Ottawa, and point to C-69 as Exhibit A.
Jesse Snyder – National Post – February 4, 2019.