Wednesday January 27, 2016

The new pipeline roadmap for Canada

The Alberta environment minister and an industry association weigh in on new federal regulations for pipeline projects.

The Alberta environment minister and an industry association weigh in on new federal regulations for pipeline projects. (Alex Panetta/Canadian Press)

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This week on The House mid-week podcast, after pipeline politics dominated the first few days of Parliament's return, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna announced Wednesday that the government is launching an interim review process that will impose more steps on projects such as Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain and TransCanada's Energy East pipelines before they can be built. Green Party leader Elizabeth May joins to discuss the government's plan.

We also talk to the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, Achim Steiner, about some of the challenges Canada will face given the commitments made at the Paris Climate Change Conference. Is it possible to be an energy producer and lead the charge on reducing global emissions?

Finally, one of the first things on the Liberal government's legislative to-do list is to repeal two pieces of legislation brought in by the previous government that, they argue, were aimed at weakening unions. The President of Canada's largest private sector union, Unifor's Jerry Dias, joins us with his take.