Canadian Government proposing replacing the National Energy Board Regulator via Bill-C69 and appointing board members and high paid CEO

March 30 2019 – Various news sources plus commentary

Here is an update on the status of Bill-C69, a collection of news articles, details of the appointments and some commentary.

This bill passed in the house with Liberal majority and has been sent to committee by the Senate including spending at least $500,000 to take the committee on the road to western Canada.

Senators pushing for answers on whether Bill C-69 will actually accomplish its goals.

Will this replacement of the National Energy Board be a success or is it doomed to fail? There is claims there is a hidden agenda and that these important appointments will be used to reward those that have made large donations to the Liberal party or for past or future favors.

Similar allegations with the SNC-Lavalin affair after the Liberal party caught accepting at least $100,000 in illegal campaign donations via SNC-Lavalin employees that were reimbursed by the corporation.

The Conservatives, other parties and candidates have also been caught taking donations illegally, using robo calls to mislead voters and other election act crimes or violations but like the Liberals this time the only consequence has been paying back donations, fines or a slap on the wrist. There is likely more cases not exposed. There needs to be more formal investigations and stiffer consequences or this will continue to undermine democracy and public confidence.

New CEO Salary range: $206,600.00 – $243,000.00/Year (plus bonuses and benefits).

Two of the officials from the current NEB, chief executive Peter Watson and board member Keith Chaulk, were political appointees approved by former prime minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet. ‘Executive salary scale was $108,500 to $199,600 annually, excluding bonuses, according to the regulator’s current salary guidelines – Apr 3, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: taxpayers paid big to move six NEB officials – national observer

Some industry insiders claiming this is simply another assault on Alberta’s oil industry. Yet there is proof the current Canadian regulator (NEB) and the Alberta Energy Regulator (industry self regulation) have often ignored public interests in favor of special interests.

Many have Concerns of the impacts of a rapid rate of climate change and Canada not leading by example.

More details on the appointment positions and related news from multiple sources

Federal Government Recruiting For New Canadian Energy Board

GIC – CEO, Chair, Vice-Chair and Directors – Canadian Energy Regulator

The government is proposing to replace the NEB with the Canadian Energy Regulator via bill-c69 in order to “help restore investor confidence, re-build public trust and advance Indigenous reconciliation – all while ensuring good projects go ahead and our energy resources get to markets responsibly.”

Senate committee to take its review of Bill-C69 to Western Canada

SHAWN MCCARTHY GLOBAL ENERGY REPORTER – Globe and Mail
OTTAWA
PUBLISHED MARCH 26, 2019
UPDATED MARCH 27, 2019

CEO

Salary range: $206,600.00 – $243,000.00/Year

Location: Calgary, Alberta
Application Review Date: April 8, 2019

**An appointment to these positions will only be made should the legislation to create the Canadian Energy Regulator be approved by Parliament and receive Royal Assent.

https://www.facebook.com/318424514044/posts/10158135257819045/

Calling all leaders in the energy sector!

Protect the environment, regain public trust, strengthen the economy and support Indigenous reconciliation as the first CEO with the new Canadian Energy Regulator.

Help ensure Canadians continue to have access to safe, affordable and reliable energy.

Apply now: http://ow.ly/AHAx30ocaSx

http://ow.ly/lyUw30o9Jjq

Redirects to Government of Canada Appointment opportunities site hosted by third party provider.

GIC – Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Directors, Canadian Energy Regulator

Under the proposed legislation; the Canadian Energy Regulator would have a Board of Directors consisting of at least five but not more than nine Directors, including a Chairperson and a Vice-Chairperson. Under the proposed legislation, at least one of the Director positions must be filled by an Indigenous person.

Redirects to Government of Canada Appointment opportunities site hosted by third party provider.

Related

Hustle in the oil patch: Inside a looming financial and environmental crisis – Investigation – Globe and Mail + Commentary

Senators press for answers on whether Bill C-69 will actually get oilsands projects built faster – National Post

BY JESSE SNYDER – National Post

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: FEB 6, 2019

‘Lack of clarity’ in Bill C-69 leads Senate to send act to committee: Simons

By Adam Toy – Global News

December 13, 2018 5:53 pm EST Updated: December 17, 2018 2:40 pm EST

https://globalnews.ca/news/4760435/bill-c-69-paula-simons/amp/

Replacing the NEB with the Canadian Energy Regulator is simply another assault on Alberta’s oil industry

February 11, 2019 5:00 AM

Josh Groberman

https://www.google.com/amp/s/boereport.com/2019/02/11/replacing-the-neb-with-the-canadian-energy-regulator-is-simply-another-assault-on-albertas-oil-industry/amp/

SHAWN MCCARTHY

Question: To what degree did we in the media play a role by running the stories without confirmation? https://t.co/Pz8Qs2nICh

Reply

Here’s a look at how Jason Kenney keeps tweeting outrageously wrong stories about the impact of carbon prices, which keep getting debunked, and yet he carries on tweeting each new instance. https://t.co/ngyAGk0w7L

https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/carbon-taxes-post-truth-1.3953391

It turns out this story is two years old. (When it popped in my feed, I saw the Jan 27th date, didn’t see the 2017). That said, if anything it reinforces the point – that two years later, this is still happening, that Kenney is still tweeting outrageously wrong stories. https://t.co/6JJhH3Sm6H

Archive

The Globe and Mail

Senate committee to take its review of Bill-C69 to Western Canada

SHAWN MCCARTHY GLOBAL ENERGY REPORTER

OTTAWA

PUBLISHED MARCH 26, 2019

UPDATED MARCH 27, 2019

The Senate committee studying the government’s bill to overhaul environmental reviews for resource projects is preparing for a western tour that includes two stops in Alberta for hearings during a provincial election campaign in which energy issues are front and centre.

The Senate has approved two weeks of travel – at a cost of nearly $500,000 – for the standing committee on energy, environment and natural resources to take its review of Bill C-69 on the road, even as committee members put forward potential amendments that they suggest would improve the bill.

The legislation would overhaul federal review of major resource and infrastructure projects by setting new timelines and mandating consideration of issues such as climate change and gender-related impacts, while requiring companies to engage early in the planning stage with Indigenous communities that would be affected.

Starting April 8, the committee will visit Vancouver, Calgary, Fort McMurray, Saskatoon and Winnipeg. Two weeks later, it will embark on an eastern swing to St. John’s, Halifax, Saint John and Quebec City. The Alberta sessions will be fraught with political drama, as C-69 protests have been common when federal ministers visit the province. Last month, a convoy of truckers descended on Ottawa with a pro-industry message that decried the legislation as an anti-pipeline bill.

Alberta Senator Paula Simons, who sits on the committee, has been deluged with messages from people from across the province demanding that the committee stop in their towns to hear the support for the industry. The provincial economy has suffered from low crude prices, a cutback in production and a lack of investor confidence due to insufficient pipeline capacity for moving crude to markets.

She is already facing criticism that the committee will make only two stops in Alberta, after requests from numerous cities and towns, the senator said Tuesday. She pushed for a third Alberta venue but said: “This is not a pipeline bill; it is a bill that impacts all kinds of infrastructure right across the country.”

Groups representing oil producers and the pipeline companies argue Bill C-69 will discourage new investment in infrastructure and want to see sweeping amendments to shift the emphasis toward economic development. Meanwhile, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has urged Ottawa to make amendments to the bill, while United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney wants it scrapped altogether and vowed to launch a constitutional challenge to it if he wins power in the province’s April 16 election.

While industry associations want fundamental changes to the bill, the Independent Senate Group is considering a list of amendments prepared by Senator Yuen Pau Woo, who is a committee member and leader of the independent group that was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau but does not sit as Liberals. A copy of the amendment list was obtained by The Globe and Mail.

One of the amendments would see a greater emphasis on economic development added to the preamble and purposes section of the act to “bolster consideration of the positive economic benefits of the designated projects” to be reviewed by an Impact Assessment Agency, Mr. Woo wrote. However, he notes in the document that “economic factors are already explicitly considered in a number of places” in the bill. The senator did not respond to requests for comment.

His “potential” amendments also cover proposals to tighten timelines, limit ministerial discretion and strengthen the role of current regulatory agencies such as the National Energy Board – which will be renamed the Canadian Energy Regulator.

“I think it is possible to improve the bill without gutting it in the slightest,” Ms. Simons said.

In a visit to Calgary this week, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the government is open to amendments that will improve the act, though Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has said it won’t back down its core concepts, such as incorporating consideration of climate change into reviews.

In hearings in Ottawa so far, the committee has heard from industry groups and provincial governments, but not from environmental activists or representatives of First Nations. “We need to make sure that the Senate is listening to everybody, and not just pro-industry groups and people who are critical of the bill,” said Anna Johnston, a lawyer with West Coast Environmental Law.

Related from the Globe and Mail

Controversial Bill C-69 for environmental review of energy projects to get major changes in Senate Subscriber content

OPINION

Bill C-69: a step forward for Canada’s mining sector

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-controversial-bill-c-69-for-environmental-review-of-energy-projects-to/

Scientists make few gains on federal environment bill

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/commentary/article-bill-c-69-a-step-forward-for-canadas-mining-sector/

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