If the Federal NDP win this years election it sounds like the National Energy Board review panel process is in for a big change.
Leader Tom Mulcair says intervenors in proposed projects like the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline are frustrated with the process.
“People who are there as participants weren’t even allowed to cross examine the witnesses being put forward by the company. That breaches the number one rule of natural justice. This is not a fair hearing. You have to hear both sides. The judge has to have full evidence. Unfortunately for them the National Energy Board as it is currently constituted simply has no credibility.”
He says he would duplicate what Quebec did when he was environment minister.
“Which would be to bring in over-arching sustainable development legislation. Take a stand that is very tough with regard to enforcement. Make sure that people are consulted meaningfully. I went so as to propose, and it was adopted unanimously, we changed the Charter of Rights to include the right to live in a clean environment respectful of biodiversity.”
This Friday Metro Vancouver will decide if it will oppose the Trans Mountain project after not getting answers to its intervenor questions.