Upcoming Federal Budget is Not the Place to Change Environmental Law

It looks like the federal government is poised to make fundamental changes to the legal fabric that protects the clean air, water, food and biodiversity we depend on. Instead of an informed, transparent process for altering environmental laws, it looks like changes might be tagged onto the federal budget.

Recent news has focused on proposed changes to the Fisheries Act, with environmentalists, hunters and anglers, scientists, and former conservative ministers raising concerns. But it’s equally plausible that other environmental laws could be on the block, such as the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, the Species At Risk Act, and the Migratory Birds Convention Act. Read more …