April 19, 2018

Bill C-69 does not respect Indigenous rights and environment minister Catherine McKenna says the Kinder Morgan pipeline would have been approved under this legislation.

The Council of Canadians is challenging Bill C-69, An Act to enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, to amend the Navigation Protection Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.

April 18, 2018

The Council of Canadians marching against the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline in Burnaby, August 2011.

Is Texas-based Kinder Morgan preparing to launch a NAFTA Chapter 11 challenge against Canada over the Trans Mountain pipeline?

Financial Post columnist Terence Corcoran has commented, "If the pipeline expansion does not proceed, Canada sets itself up for a potential multi-billion-dollar NAFTA dispute with Kinder Morgan, the Texas energy giant that has already invested $1 billion in the project. It also raised $1.3 billion in a Canadian share offering last year. If Ottawa cannot force the pipeline through, Kinder Morgan would appear to have a case under NAFTA’s Chapter 11, which guarantees fair and equitable treatment — and protection — to foreign investors such as Kinder Morgan."

Corcoran adds, "Ian Anderson, head of Kinder Morgan’s Canadian subsidiary, has been laying some of the ground for a possible legal position for some time."

April 18, 2018

In May 2017, Council of Canadians North Shore chapter activist Berta Gaulke delivered our pharmacare campaign materials to the office of Bill Casey, the Liberal MP who chairs the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health that today recommended a single-payer universal public prescription drug plan.

The Council of Canadians welcomes the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health's report on pharmacare.

The Canadian Press reports, "A parliamentary committee is recommending that prescription medications be publicly funded across Canada under a universal pharmacare program. The report includes 18 recommendations that it describes as a blueprint for establishing a single-payer, publicly funded prescription drug coverage program for all Canadians."

April 17, 2018

The Council of Canadians has long opposed the Chapter 11 investor-state dispute settlement provision in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Bloomberg now reports, "The most frequent advice the government heard in public consultations before NAFTA talks opened in August was to eliminate Chapter 11, the part of the pact that deals with investor-state dispute settlement, according to documents obtained by Bloomberg News through a freedom of information request."

That article adds, "The government began the consultation process last year by asking for written submissions from the public after the U.S. gave notice it wanted to renegotiate the 24-year-old agreement."

It then notes, "Of about 200 letters and emails released by the government, 50 demanded the removal of Chapter 11 on the basis that it gives companies too much power."

April 16, 2018

Justin Trudeau challenged by Council of Canadians organizer Robin Tress, August 2014.

The Council of Canadians and allies are preparing to raise key issues outside the upcoming federal Liberal convention.

The Hill Times reports, "The Liberal convention in Halifax April 19 to 21 is the last chance for party members to talk policy ahead of the 2019 election."

The article adds, "Throughout the day Friday, the party will hold policy workshops to debate the 30 resolutions on the floor, with voting on Saturday during the policy plenary expected to whittle down those policies to 20 priorities. ...The controversial Kinder Morgan pipeline is likely to come up during an Alberta-supported resolution to implement a strategy for oil and gas independence that presents interprovincial pipeline construction as 'an opportunity for nation-building and Canadian infrastructure development'."