Suits and Boots is calling on the federal government to shelve controversial Bill C-69 and launch a Royal Commission on Resource Development in Canada.
The call for a Royal Commission comes as the Senate Committee on Energy, Environment and Natural Resources prepares to start its study of Bill C-69 on February 6.
“It’s clear from our work and conversations with thousands of Canadians from coast-to-coast that Bill C-69 is simply a non-starter for Canadians from all walks of life,” said Rick Peterson, an Edmonton-based investment industry executive and Suits and Boots founder.
“This is a wandering, overly ambitious, poorly written piece of legislation that will stall pipeline and other resource projects in the courts and destroy any future investment appetite for Canada’s resource sector,” he said.
“The government clearly wants to jam this Bill through the Senate before June and everything is put on hold before the October federal election. Too much is at stake for that to happen. Too many voices -especially resource sector workers and their families – still need to be heard on this issue before we can produce a fully thought-out, clear and cohesive resource sector investment structure that works for all Canadians.
“Only a Royal Commission can fully allow Canadians from all walks of life to have a voice in this. The time is now – we need to shelve Bill C-69 and go out and listen to Canadians from coast-to-coast and come back later and write a better Bill.”
The last time the federal government launched a resource-related Royal Commission was the 1986 review of the sealing industry, and before that the 1968 Donald Commission into the Cape Breton coal industry. Since the 1960s Royal Commissions have been launched into a broad range of matters of national importance such as the RCMP, electoral reform and party financing, Aboriginal Peoples, the future of health care, the blood system, and most recently the 2006 – 2008 royal commission into the Air India Flight 182 bombing investigation. No Royal Commission has taken place since 2008.
“Responsible resource development is Canada’s past and future, central to our continued prosperity and funding for social services, and yet we can’t get good projects over the finish line in the face of foreign-funded PR campaigns and lobbying,” Peterson said. “We owe it to ourselves and future generations to take a deep, honest look at this critical issue, get to the bottom of what’s going on, and craft a clear way forward for our nation. With so much at stake and so many competing points of voice, it is clear that the only way to accomplish this is to have a national discussion through a Royal Commission.”
Suits and Boots was launched by six investment industry colleagues in April of 2018 with the mission of giving Canada’s resource sector workers a constructive voice in the decisions impacting their lives and livelihoods. The organization has since grown to 3,200 members in hundreds of communities across Canada. Suits and Boots has held rallies and flown banners over Parliament, written Senators asking them to kill the current version of Bill C-69 and send this flawed attempt at re-working Canada’s environmental assessment regulations back to the House of Commons, and sat down with politicians in Ottawa to advocate for change.
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