Betty Hinton, MP Masthead
Member of Parliament for Kamloops Thompson Cariboo
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October 30, 2001

Heritage Meeting Ignores Opposition Department:
Canadian Heritage

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,” said Hinton

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 country.

“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,” she said.
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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