FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 30, 2001
Heritage Meeting Ignores Opposition Department:
OTTAWA: Today, MP Betty Hinton (Kamloops Thompson Highland Valleys) left
an all-party Heritage committee meeting in frustration.
“Bill C-10 will have an impact on everyone in BC. It adds another
layer of law on the issue of offshore drilling and resource management.
The Liberals are ramming the new law through without giving either the
opposition or the provincial governments affected an opportunity to respond,”
A newcomer to the Heritage committee, Hinton said the meeting, stacked
with Liberals, was a total waste of time, as not one of the 30 amendments
the Canadian Alliance or other opposition members put forward was accepted
by the Liberals in the room.
The Bill being discussed is “an act respecting the marine conservation
areas” of Canada. Hinton said it is extremely complex and appears
to be setting up another fog-bound tome of legislation that will keep
lawyers busy for years and keep investment and development away from our
“Once again the federal government is trying to take on responsibility
for issues that need to be jointly shared. In this case what about the
coastal communities of B.C.?” said Hinton, vice-chair of the Canadian
Alliance B.C. Caucus.
Hinton is also upset that wording being suggested by the Liberals gives
aboriginal peoples guarantees in writing that their rights will be upheld
while amendments by opposition parties concerning rights for municipalities
along the coastline are not being entertained.
“I believe everyone affected is entitled to the same respect,”
The Bill was introduced under the guise of Parks Canada, said Hinton.
She said at first glance people may think creating conservation areas
is a good thing but there has to be room for people to live, work and
earn a living without having to jump through a dozen legal hoops.
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