Last week, the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development issued its report entitled Statutory Review of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act: Protecting the Environment, Managing our Resources. The report contains 20 recommendations which are ostensibly designed to “streamline” the federal environmental assessment process.
It should be noted that both the New Democratic Party and the Liberal Party issued dissenting opinions to the Standing Committee report. Both dissents raised concerns with the process that was used to review CEAA, such as lack of clarity in the process and limited testimony. As well, both parties were concerned that the report did not address all concerns raised by witnesses who appeared before the Standing Committee (for example cumulative effects and strategic environmental assessments).
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