Prime Minister, you are right, Canada's environmental assessment (EA) process needs a major overhaul. The current process leaves everyone feeling muzzled, confined and lacking trust. Here's a 3 - point plan to fix EA's in Canada:
If we can get these 3 right, then we'll be well on our way to rebuiling trust from Canadians, building buy-in for responsible resource development and respecting the rights of those most affected.
The root of current mistrust and conflict in the resource development arena lies in restrictive land use decision-making processes that exclude many Canadians and that are not adequately examining the cumulative effects of all land uses and natural disturbances across meaningful time and space. Here’s how we change that.