This is a provision related to the transportation of dangerous goods, which I've also already tabled in the House. It is a matter of great consternation to a lot of the Canadian public that, under the existing provision in law, even though the minister has long had the power for discretion to call an assessment where there is public concern, or where information comes to her attention that there may be significant adverse effects, she has never used the power.
The recommendation is to make that mandatory. I see no logical argument for where information has been brought to the attention of the minister that the project may cause significant adverse effects that she does not have to call a review.
If that's not the case, it basically makes this bill the “let's not have federal assessment” bill, because every other provision simply gives them the discretion. If an authority has decided that we don't need to have an assessment, well, there can't be an assessment. If they want to have somebody else do the assessment, we won't do a federal assessment.
This is the only occasion where we will know for sure that there will actually be a federal assessment: because the minister has been apprised of the fact that there may be significant effects from the project. I find it very hard to find any logical reason not to say it in that way.