Up the creek without a paddle

On Wednesday, as you likely know, federal Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna and the Liberal cabinet hacked and slashed the full package of Bill C-69 amendments that were sent to the government by the Senate.

Minister Catherine McKenna as seen by Ottawa portrait photographer Paul Couvrette

Here’s the math – numbers always tell the story:

  • The full Senate, including Conservative, Liberal, Independent and formerly Liberal (Non-Aligned) Members, and after countless hearings and travel across Canada, voted to send 229 amendments to the House of Commons
  • Minister McKenna and the Liberal cabinet rejected 130 proposed changes – or 57%
  • They accepted only 62 amendments – 27%. Bottom line here is that the advice and recommendations of 3 out of 4 witnesses in the C-69 hearings across the country were ignored.
  • They wrote in changes on a further 37 amendments and added them to the 62 they accepted, saying that the 99 amendments in total they would consider marked the most on any piece of legislation since 1946.

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