IN THE HOUSE ~ Question ~ The government's irresponsible approach to our country's energy and natural resources

41st Parliament, 1st Session ~ Context : Question Period

    M. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NPD): Monsieur le Président, on apprend aujourd'hui que les lobbyistes pétroliers ont révisé les politiques environnementales de ce gouvernement. Ça expliques les compressions et ça explique l'abandon de la protection de l'environnement. Les générations futures vont payer pour ces mauvaises décisions. Elles vont payer pour cette vente de feu de nos ressources naturelles, elles vont payer pour les politiques de ce gouvernement qui écoute seulement ses amis lobbyistes.

    Pourquoi le ministre continue-t-il à ignorer les Canadiens qui réclament le développement durable et responsable de nos ressources? Pourquoi sont-ils tellement irresponsables?

    Hon. Joe Oliver (Minister of Natural Resources, CPC): Mr. Speaker, our government consults broadly with Canadian citizens, business interests and with environmental groups. For that reason, in that context, we are opposed to the non-scientific and discriminatory fuel quality directive. We are opposed to the attempt to block the pipelines which will provide hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of revenue to governments to support social programs. We will continue to work on behalf of Canadians.

    Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, if they are acting on behalf of Canadians, they should know that Canadians want and deserve a government that conducts responsible environmental reviews.

    The government's approach is irresponsible natural resources policy, irresponsible environmental policy and it is bad energy economics. To be sustainable over the long term and maintain access to markets, we have to responsibly manage the impacts of our natural resources sector.

    Why is the government changing the rules to exclude Canadians, exclude scientific experts from reviews around crucial issues such as pipelines?

    Hon. Joe Oliver (Minister of Natural Resources, CPC): Mr. Speaker, there will be every opportunity for a full comprehensive independent scientific review.

    Furthermore, there will be an opportunity for those who have expertise to appear and to be heard at the hearings. Furthermore, those with a direct interest in the pipeline being constructed will have an opportunity to be heard.

    There is a scope for these hearings, and those who have something to say about the scope of the hearings will have an opportunity to be heard. This is an overt and transparent policy.