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Ahead of Trudeau meeting Kenney calls assessment bill a threat to unity

first_imgOTTAWA – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says if the federal bill overhauling environmental assessments passes in its current form it will threaten Canadian unity and there will be “an immediate constitutional challenge.” Kenney is at the Senate energy committee Thursday morning to talk about Bill C-69, which he calls the “no more pipelines” bill.He is telling the committee the bill flagrantly violates Alberta’s constitutional right to regulate its natural resources.Premier @jkenney says he believes his conversation with Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau will be polite but says he will warn the PM that national unity could be at risk if the federal pipeline/energy plan is implemented as is #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/e1SBwCcf64— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) May 2, 2019The legislation establishes a new process for reviewing major projects with a national scope or in federal jurisdiction.The federal Liberals say it is needed to restore confidence in the assessment process and finally get big projects built, but critics say it gives too much political power to the federal cabinet.Thursday afternoon, Kenney is to meet face-to-face with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the political foe he attacked relentlessly in his successful bid to become Alberta’s premier.last_img

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