Stephen Harper’s environment watchdog to investigate ‘risks’ of federal budget bill

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By Mike De Souza, the Ottawa Citizen, 10 September 2012

Parliament’s environment watchdog says he will investigate the “inherent risks” from the Harper government’s overhaul of Canada’s environmental laws. (…) 

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency revealed in August that part of the 400-page budget bill, adopted a few weeks earlier in support of the Harper government’s 2012 federal budget, eliminated 2,970 environmental assessments across the country, including hundreds of projects involving fossil fuels or a pipeline. (…)

“So we’ll go back and look how the government is dealing with those risks,” said Vaughan in a wide-ranging interview to discuss his overall mandate. “And at the end, (we will review) the quality of Canada’s environment. Will it receive the same level of environmental protection as it did in the former regime?” (...)

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