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Senate Must Consult with Canadians on Bill C-69

News Release

Senator Doug Black has heard first hand from many groups and stakeholders that Bill C-69 needs amendments and the desire to propose amendments to the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources.

“There is a great interest to dialogue with the Senate Energy committee and on a matter so important to our nation – the Senate owes it to Canadians to take the time to meet and hear their concerns,” said Senator Black. “As public officials, we should not expect everyone to run to Ottawa. The Senate committee should travel from coast to coast to coast and conduct public hearings.”

Calgary’s Mayor Naheed Nenshi said, “I would like to meet with the Senate committee and would love to have them come to Calgary and hear not only what I am thinking but from many others that are interested in a dialogue on Bill C-69.”

Some Senators expressed concern for the cost of travel and the time required.  “Bill C-69 will have a long financial impact on Canada and the costs to consult are minimal compared to the potential impacts of this Bill,” noted Senator Black.

A few environmental groups have suggested Bill C-69 is adequate and that the Senate does not need to consult further. “This is rather hypocritical in that these very groups are adamant about public consultation and, I don’t understand why they would not want the Senate to engage with Canadians,” concluded Senator Black.

“We should not expect everyone to run to Ottawa and as public officials, the Senate committee should travel from coast to coast to coast and conduct public hearings.”
–Senator Doug Black
“It is rather hypocritical that a few environmental groups who are adamant about public consultation, but now do not want the Senate to engage with Canadians.”
–Senator Doug Black
“I would like to meet with the Senate committee and would love to have them come to Calgary and hear not only what I am thinking but from many others that are interested in a dialogue on Bill C-69.”
–Naheed Nenshi, Mayor, City of Calgary