Green Coalition ready to fight for our environmental heritage
There must be no attempt to re-instate the anti-environmental features of the old proposal for Bill 61
On June 11, 2020, the Green Coalition, with the support of the Legacy Fund for the Environment, sent a mise en demeure to the Legault government demanding that it withdraw the anti-environmental clauses from its proposed legislation Bill 61.
On August 19, 2020, the Legault government withdrew Bill 61 as a result of the pressure from the Green Coalition, a number of other environmental groups, several official regulatory agencies and petitions supported by large numbers of people in civil society.
The former proposal for Bill 61 constituted an illegal abrogation of the right of all Quebeckers to a healthy environment. Instead of protecting the environment, the government was putting it up for sale.
The Coalition remains determined and resolute in its commitment to defend our environment and it will stand firm. And it is also important to recall its objections to the original legislative proposal.
The former proposal for Bill 61 constituted an illegal abrogation of the right of all Quebeckers to a healthy environment. Instead of protecting the environment, the government was putting it up for sale. The bill continued the process of dismantling environmental protections initiated by the government with its Regulation respecting the supervision of activities according to their impact on the environment. In particular, Bill 61:
- unilaterally suspended certain provisions of the Loi sur la qualité de l’environnement at the discretion of the Minister ;
- did not at any time include the right of the public to be informed or to participate in the debate ;
- granted the Minister the exclusive and arbitrary right to establish the amount of financial compensation for projects relating to flora, fish and wildlife habitats ;
- did not allow the Minister to discuss projects, but only to impose conditions on them.
The Quebec government in the person of Minister Sonia Lebel has now indicated that it intends to bring forward a new piece of legislation to replace the defunct Bill 61.
The Green Coalition is putting the government on notice: it will never accept the destruction of environmental regulations, nor their suspension – under any circumstances.
The response to the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be the destruction of Quebec’s environment!
If the new legislative proposal contains the same anti-environmental measures, the Green Coalition reserves its right to act legally to protect the environment.
‘The Green Coalition is putting the government on notice: it will never accept the destruction of environmental regulations, nor their suspension – under any circumstances.’
The Legacy Fund for the Environment, with all of its expertise, is with the Coalition. Citizens are with the Coalition. The people of Quebec will not allow the destruction of their very own environment.
The Coalition’s message is straightforward: there must be no attempt to re-instate the anti-environmental features of the old proposal for Bill 61. The Green Coalition is ready to struggle to the utmost to protect our environmental heritage.
For further information contact Patrick Barnard at 514 463-0573 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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