Statement made on 03 April 2012 by Senator Grant Mitchell
Hon. Grant Mitchell:
Honourable senators [...] The government said they would release regulations for oil sands emissions last June. Ten months later, environmentalists and the industry — they actually have been brought together in agreement by this government, believe it or not — are both wondering what is going on. The budget gives us some insight. There have, of course, been brutal cuts to environmental policy programs, initiatives, insight — you name it — in this budget.
My question is to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Is not one of the reasons for the delays in the regulations for the oil sands that after laying off upwards of 1,000 people in the Environment Department, there is simply no one there to work on developing those regulations?
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