TRADE WORKERS URGE SENATE COMMITTEE TO AMEND BILL C-69

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TRADE WORKERS URGE SENATE COMMITTEE TO AMEND BILL C-69

May 9, 2019 – As the Senate continues to review and consider amendments to Bill C-69, an Act that will set a new federal process for impact assessments of major projects, Trades NL is urging the Senate to make the necessary amendments to the current legislation that ensures a timely and effective assessment.

“We agree with the Federal Government that the current legislation is not working and requires changes. However, changes under the new Act is increasing the regulatory burden. Today, it is taking nearly 3 years to go through an environmental approval, when international jurisdictions – our competitors, are receiving approvals in less than a year. We need to see amendments to the Act that will strengthen the impact assessment process so that good projects can proceed on a timely basis.”

  • Darin King, Executive Director, Trades NL

Bill C-69, a new Impact Assessment Act, has an enormous impact on the 18,000 Trades NL members as well as a broad spectrum of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who are engaged in mining, oil, gas and hydro developments. While supportive of safe and environmentally appropriate development, Trades NL is joining with other industry organizations in advocating for a more clearly understood process, devoid of any unnecessary interruptions or intrusions.

“Our skilled trade workers and the country’s economy is dependent on sustainable mining, oil, gas and hyrdo projects.  Any unnecessary delay to future resource development projects is a threat to their livelihood and to the economic development of the many rural communities in which they live.”

  • Darin King, Executive Director, Trades NL

Trades NL officials, along with representation from a number of building trade unions were in Ottawa last week advocating to Senators and Members of Parliament for a better process under Bill C-69 that supports economic development, jobs and communities.

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Trades NL is an umbrella labour organization which promotes and coordinates the interests of 16 building and construction trades unions, representing more than 18,000 skilled trades workers in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Our members are highly qualified, very productive and extremely safe.

 

Media Contact:

Corey Parsons

Manager of Communications & External Affairs

709-832-5116

cparsons@tradesnl.com

 

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