Budget 2009 and the environment: a contrast in coverage

27Jan09

According to CBC.ca, the Tories are acting on environmental issues. It’s a positive story about money pledged to projects and initiatives and some, well, buzzwords.

Allan Woods at the Star, on the other hand, pinpointed what will be an epic battle between the feds and environmental groups.

Of concern to said groups is this passage, from page 143 of the budget:

The Government is also acting to streamline federal approval processes so that more provincial, territorial and municipal projects under the Building Canada plan can start in the upcoming construction season. Currently, infrastructure approval processes are subject to duplication and inefficiencies in administration, leading to unnecessary project delays. The Government will be introducing changes to the federal regulatory framework through legislative, regulatory and administrative actions to drive efficiencies in assessing environmental and other impacts of infrastructure projects without compromising protection of the environment.

See: This.

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