Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, historian David Mitchell describes former B.C. premier Bill Bennett as one of the most important premiers in the province’s history. Sadly, Bill passed away December 3 last year.
Elected to the B.C. legislature in 1973, he then served as premier for 10 years. He was a member of Canada’s Privy Council and received the Order of British Columbia.
Bill was born and raised in Kelowna, where he was a community builder and entrepreneur. His business interests eventually included real estate, the family hardware store, an appliance store, a ranch, and a sawmill.
Bill brought Expo 86, Sky Train, the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre, and the Coquihalla Highway to B.C., and set Vancouver on course to be the world-class city it is today.
He was a family man. He was married to Audrey for 60 years. He was the father of Brad, Kevin, Stephen and Greg, a grandfather of eight, and a proud great-grandfather as well.
Bill will be greatly missed and remembered fondly by many.
I am pleased to share with you yesterday’s announcement on changes to the environmental assessment process. These changes will apply to the Kinder Morgan project and on a going forward basis to all projects.
Protecting the environment and growing the economy are not incompatible goals; in fact, our future success demands that we do both.
As stated in the Speech from the Throne, the Government will introduce new environmental assessment processes as part of our efforts to restore public trust. Public input will be sought and considered. Decisions will be informed by scientific evidence. Indigenous peoples will be more fully engaged in reviewing and monitoring major resource development projects. The process will have greater transparency.
Addressing climate change in Canada will require collaboration with Canada’s provinces and territories to incorporate greenhouse gas emissions in environmental assessment processes and as part of a national climate change framework. To inform these processes, upstream greenhouse gas emissions associated with projects under review will be assessed.
Canadians understand that a review and changes will take time. In the interim, the Government remains responsible for making decisions related to projects being assessed while that review is under way.
The following principles are intended to provide greater certainty as to how the Government of Canada will be guided in the application of its discretionary decision-making authorities for projects being assessed during the review of environmental assessment processes:
During the interim period, timely decisions on individual projects will depend upon the provision of sufficient information and evidence in accordance with these principles. Where required, steps will be taken to gather additional evidence.
Interim Measures for Pipeline Reviews
The Government of Canada has introduced five principles that will guide its decision-making on major natural resource projects while the Government undertakes a review of environmental assessment processes. For two significant projects currently under review by the National Energy Board (NEB), the Trans Mountain Expansion project and Energy East Pipeline project, the Government of Canada will immediately take steps to ensure consistency with these principles.
Trans Mountain Expansion Project
The Government of Canada will:
Please join MP Joyce Murray at her Friday, January 29, 2016 MP Breakfast Connections with special guest Ruth Montgomery: “A healthy society includes us all – How can public policy help us get there?”
Healthy and resilient communities are best able to respond to the multiple challenges facing humankind, here in Canada and abroad. According to the World Health Organization “Societies that enable all citizens to play a full and useful role in the social, economic and cultural life of their society will be healthier than those where people face insecurity, exclusion and deprivation.”
Ms. Montgomery has over 30 years experience leading police, justice, and public safety initiatives nationally and internationally to foster social inclusion. Ruth retired from her job as Superintendent of the Edmonton Police Service after 27 years to establish her own consulting firm. She is a Senior Associate of the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy at UBC, and Advisor to the International Association of Women Police. Many of her efforts have focused on improving services and supports for women.
Come hear Ruth share her experiences, discuss modern means of designing public policy to include all segments of society, especially our most vulnerable, to improve economic opportunity and security for Canadians.
Friday January 29, 2016
7:30 am – Registration + Buffet Breakfast
7:50 – 8:45 Speaker–Q and A
Enigma Restaurant – 4397 W. 10th Ave. (Off Trimble) (map)
The cost of the breakfast is $20 / $10 for students.
(Cash only at the door)
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