bill c 45

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (please forward): Individuals from Six Nations and their allies have interrupted work on a section of Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline. The work stoppage began around 10am this morning. Individuals involved asked workers to leave, asserting that the land is Haudenosaunee territory guaranteed under the Haldimand deed, and that Enbridge’s workers were present without consent or consultation. 

“Meaningful consultation isn’t just providing information and going ahead without discussion – it’s giving the opportunity to say no and having a willingness to accommodate.” says Missy Elliot.

“Enbridge left a voice message on a machine with one person. That’s not meaningful – it’s not even consultation.” Emilie Corbeau, there in support of Six Nations points out. 

Those involved intend to host an action camp, filling the time with teach-ins about Six Nations history, indigenous solidarity and skill shares centering on direct action.

The group states that they’ve tried the other processes available to them and here out of necessity. “We’ve tried pursuing avenues with the NEB, the township and the Grand River Conservation Authority. Our concerns were dismissed. What other choice do we have if we want to protect our land, water and children?” Missy Elliot of Six Nations asks.

Under bill C-45 the section of the Grand River adjacent to the Enbridge work site and pipeline is no longer protected. Approximately half a million people rely on drinking water provided by the Grand River.

“This isn’t just about line 9 – or Northern Gateway, Energy East or Keystone XL. This is about pipelines – all of them.” Daniell Boissineau, of Turtle Clan, asserts. “This is about the tarsands and how destructive they are to expand, extract and transport.”

“This is a continental concern. It’s not just a Six Nations issue or an indigenous issue. We share the responsibility to protect our land and water as human beings.” Elliot states.”

Dear Ms. __,

Thank you for your correspondence regarding the conservative government’s recent budget enactment legislation.

Omnibus legislation of this kind is a sleazy trap. MPs and Senators are made to vote on massive bills which are subjected to little or no scrutiny or review, and then labeled ‘obstructionist’ when they object. Moreover, the fact that the vast majority of issues covered by the bill were not identified in the 2012 Budget raises additional concerns.

The most recent budget enactment bill is 433 pages long. Opposition parties had to fight doggedly to allow the legislation to even be studied by Parliamentary committees. And now the Conservatives, with the support of the NDP, have altered the rules so as to bar opposition amendments to the bill from even being considered in committee.

This is a sad, disingenuous way of doing business, and Canadians certainly deserve better from their elected representatives. There are serious oversights in this bill especially regarding environmental issues, which my colleague Kirsty Duncan has identified and explained at length in the House of Commons. Most glaring among them is the amendment of the Navigable Waters Act to dramatically reduce the number of waterways protected. Of the roughly 32,000 lakes in Canada, only 97 lakes are now considered worthy of protection. The same can be said of only 62 rivers across our great nation.  

And, chillingly, the omnibus legislation goes on to exempt pipeline impacts on waterways from being considered in environmental assessments. This is an invitation to environmental disaster. These issues need to be managed with an eye to evidence, and history. We know that, despite our best efforts, pipelines can rupture. Are we really supposed to believe that this fact should not be considered when we decide where to put our pipelines?

C-45 also addresses the sovereignty and inherent rights of Canada’s indigenous peoples without regard for the government’s compulsory duty to consult them. A number of bills have recently come before Parliament, in which the government claims to be acting in the interests of aboriginal peoples.  This is a cruel and cynical misrepresentation. Canada’s Aboriginal peoples and the organizations that represent them have been adamant in their opposition to C-45, and their demands for greater consultation. Their voices – better than any number of trite press releases from the Prime Minister’s Office – tell us something about exactly how poorly Aboriginal peoples’ interests are being represented by this government.

Thanks once again for your correspondence on this matter. I and my caucus colleagues will continue to oppose this government’s flagrant abuse of the environment and Canada’s indigenous peoples. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

 

Hon. Dr. Hedy Fry, M.P, P.C.

Liberal Party of Canada – Health Critic

Vancouver Centre

This is the response I received when I wrote to the Senators concerning Bill C-45. At this point, it is the only response I have received out of the 100 Senators.

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  • 1. Pulling out of the ONLY international climate agreement we had
  • 2. Passing a Bill that’s as Bad for First Nations as it is for the Environment
    • “Bill C-45, passed in 2012, allows for easier opening of First Nations treaty lands and territory. It means major pipeline and power line project advocates aren’t required to prove their project won’t damage or destroy a navigable waterway it crosses, removing protection for 99.9% of lakes and rivers in Canada.”
  • 3. Making protecting the environment an act of terrorism
  • 4. Waging a War on First Nations
  • 5. Cheerleading Dangerous Pipelines
  • 6. Muzzling Scientists
    • “The Harper government spent several million dollars of taxpayers’ money on a tar sands advocacy fund. The government spent $30 million from the public purse over two years on public relations advertising and domestic and international ‘outreach activities’ to promote Alberta’s tar sands and cover up the climate impacts of the project.”
  • 7. Conducting Secret Tar Sands Advocacy
  • 8. Screwing up environmental assessment
    • “Under legislation passed by the Harper government, the ‘Canadian Environmental Assessment Act’ no longer requires all proposed projects to undergo a hearing. The government has basically stated that the reason for this change is to make it easier to dig up fossil fuel reserves and get them to market as quickly as possible. Big surprise: the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers endorses the plan.”
  • 9. Allowing oil spills off the coast of Nova Scotia
  • 10. Winning ‘Lifetime Unachievement’ Award at Climate Talks