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Natural Resources  Mr. Speaker, under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, which is the law under which this project is being assessed, the legislated timeline for cabinet to make a decision on this particular project is the end of February. As it can with any project, it can approve th

February 18th, 2020House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

Natural Resources  Mr. Speaker, the purpose of an environmental assessment is to go through the process and have the effects identified. The joint review panel found that there were significant negative adverse environmental impacts associated with the project. It now comes to cabinet to have a con

February 18th, 2020House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

Natural Resources  Mr. Speaker, Canadians elected this government to protect the environment, to take climate action, to grow the economy and to advance reconciliation. They also expect this government to oversee fair and thorough environmental assessments. This is a major project that is under a

February 6th, 2020House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

The Economy  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for Guelph for his advocacy on strong climate action. This year's world circular economy forum will be the first in North America, and it is an opportunity for Canada to showcase its talent on the world stage. Canadian companies are at the forefro

February 6th, 2020House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

Employment  Mr. Speaker, the economy and the environment certainly need to go together as we move forward. The hon. member should know that with the project in question, the issue is the emissions of greenhouse gases, which is entirely a provincial issue. Premier Higgs has a climate plan an

February 6th, 2020House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, certainly the issue of climate change is one on which I think we share a lot of common views with the hon. member's party. It is an existential crisis. We need to work very quickly to address that, both through achieving our targets in 2030 and exceeding them, but al

February 4th, 2020House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

Agriculture and Agri-Food  Mr. Speaker, we certainly recognize that 2019 has been a challenging harvest year for farmers in terms of climate and trade disruption. We are listening and we are committed to finding practical solutions to the issues that farmers face. We have taken numerous steps to ensure tha

February 4th, 2020House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, this government came to power and developed the first real climate plan this country has ever had, with 50 different initiatives that have identified over 275 megatonnes in reductions. During the recent campaign, we pledged to go beyond the 2030 targets established

February 4th, 2020House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

Natural Resources  Mr. Speaker, the Impact Assessment Act was developed to ensure that good projects would move forward in the right way. We are very proud of the work that was done on the Impact Assessment Act. It will ensure that we are considering all of the environmental effects and ensure that

February 4th, 2020House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the member for Mississauga—Lakeshore for his advocacy on this issue. Last week, our government released a robust science assessment of plastic pollution, which confirms that plastic pollution is harming our environment. In the coming weeks, we will a

February 3rd, 2020House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

Natural Resources  Mr. Speaker, this government was elected on a platform of ensuring that we have appropriate processes in place and that we follow those processes. This is an environmental assessment process. We are following the process to make a decision before the end of February. During tha

February 3rd, 2020House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

Natural Resources  Mr. Speaker, this is a project like any other project that goes through a process. It is governed under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. We are mandated to review the environmental impacts of all of those projects. The process is proceeding as it is intended to do so.

February 3rd, 2020House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

Natural Resources  Mr. Speaker, as I said, the government will take a number of factors into account in making a decision about this project, such as our promises to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, work toward reconciliation and create good jobs. This is a major project that our government is e

February 3rd, 2020House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

Natural Resources  Mr. Speaker, the government will take many factors into account in making a decision about this project. Among other things, it will take into account our promise to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, work toward reconciliation, create good jobs and grow our economy. This is a m

February 3rd, 2020House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

Natural Resources  Mr. Speaker, as I said, there is a process. We are currently working very hard to come to a decision by the end of February. Environmental effects will, of course, have a major impact on that decision.

February 3rd, 2020House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal