MP Eglinski Speaks on Sustainable Development
October 19, 2017
OTTAWA: On October 18th, Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, took part in debate on Bill C-57, An Act to amend the Federal Sustainable Development Act.
The Federal Sustainable Development Act provides a legal framework for developing and implementing a Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) that makes government environmental, economic and social decision-making more accountable to Parliament. Bill C-57 proposes to expand the number of departments and agencies accountable to the Act from 26 to more than 90, as well as require those departments and agencies to prepare implementation strategies and report on their progress.
MP Eglinski was critical of the Liberal Government’s ability to implement sustainable policies.
“In a recent report . . . tabled by the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, the minister and her government were given failing grades in applying a cabinet directive,” stated MP Eglinski. “The commissioner concluded that the directive has not been applied to almost 80% of the proposals, which is a clear failure by the Liberals.”
MP Eglinski also pointed towards a recent government-sanctioned hunt in Jasper National Park, the lack of progress on pipelines, the proposed tax changes, and the massive debt incurred by the Liberals as proof that the current federal government is unable to make long-term and sustainable decisions for Canadians.
“Sustainable development is important to the future of Canada and our grandchildren. Not only should environmental factors be considered, but social and economic pillars should be considered. . . Going forward, I hope the government will honestly consider sustainable development throughout its departments when drafting new proposals,” concluded MP Eglinski.
To read the speech and find more information on Bill C-57, visit the House Publications page at: www.ourcommons.ca/en.