reverse the cuts that the
Conservatives made to federal environmental laws and environmental
consider climate change when
proposing oil infrastructure,
support government scientists,
take climate change more
stop political harassment of
environmental charities, and
boost investment in green
For example, the Liberal platform includes:
"We will make environmental assessments credible
Resource-based projects can create jobs and spur investment, but
success depends on regaining public trust.
Canadians must be able to trust that government will engage in
appropriate regulatory oversight, including credible environmental
assessments, and that it will respect the rights of those most
affected, such as Indigenous communities. While governments grant
permits for resource development, only communities can grant
We will immediately review Canada's environmental assessment
processes and introduce new, fair processes that will:
restore robust oversight and thorough
environmental assessments of areas under federal jurisdiction,
while also working with provinces and territories to avoid
ensure that decisions are based on
science, facts, and evidence, and serve the public's
provide ways for Canadians to express
their views and opportunities for experts to meaningfully
require project advocates to choose
the best technologies available to reduce environmental
We will modernize the National Energy Board, ensuring that its
composition reflects regional views and has sufficient expertise in
fields like environmental science, community development, and
Indigenous traditional knowledge.
We will end the practice of having federal Ministers interfere
in the environmental assessment process.
We will also ensure that environmental assessments include an
analysis of upstream impacts and greenhouse gas emissions resulting
from projects under review.
We will undertake, in full partnership and consultation with
First Nations, Inuit, and the Métis Nation, a full review of
laws, policies, and operational practices. This will ensure that on
project reviews and assessments, the Crown is fully executing its
consultation, accommodation, and consent obligations, in accordance
with its constitutional and international human rights obligations,
including Aboriginal and Treaty rights and the United Nations
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
We recognize the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and the
land, and will respect legal traditions and perspectives on
Stephen Harper's changes to the Fisheries Act, and his
elimination of the Navigable Waters Protection Act, have weakened
environmental protections. We will review these changes, restore
lost protections, and incorporate more modern safeguards.
We will also do more to protect Canada's endangered species.
We will respond more quickly to the advice and requests of
scientists, and will complete robust species-at-risk recovery
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