The Liberal government is kicking it into high gear with environmental law. In the past week, Minister McKenna has made 3 huge announcements:
- The federal government is reviewing the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (which was gutted by the Conservative government). See Chapters 1 and 4.
- The federal government is reviewing the Fisheries Act (which was gutted by the Conservative government). She Chapters 1, 4, and 6.
- The federal government is invoking the emergency order (safety net) clause of the Species at Risk Act to protect the western chorus frog inside the province of Quebec. This is the second time since the Species at Risk Act passed in 2003 that this clause has been used (the first was for the Sage Grouse in Alberta and Saskatchewan). See Chapter 5.
That is an impressive week. Right now it is too soon to call it as “successful” week since the government is only REVIEWING the assessment process and the Fisheries Act. However, I anticipate changes are afoot. And I will keep everyone posted on these developments. A post on the western chorus frog is forthcoming – check in on Monday for that post!