Bill C-38, Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist, May 9, 2012
"...Over the past few months, the environmental laws that protect our nation's extraordinary natural legacy have been gutted," [Peter] Robinson [CEO of the David Suzuki Foundation] said. "At the same time, those who want to protect it have been the targets of an unprecedented and organized effort to discredit, disenfranchise and silence their voices."
The federal government included a rewrite of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act in the omnibus budget bill.
Bill C-38 allows government to crack down on charities that advocate for better laws and policies; override National Energy Board decisions; and speed up environmental reviews, Robinson said.
"Perhaps, most disturbingly, it shuts citizen groups out of environmental reviews," he said...
Pat Martin, Winnipeg Centre, NDP:
"Madam Speaker, very deep down in the bowels of Bill C-38 is a clause that hardly anybody even noticed. It abolishes, it repeals the Fair Wages and Hours of Labour Act for federally regulated construction projects.
"Why would anyone want to abolish something called the “fair wages and hours of work” act? ...
"It is a striking coincidence that now, in federally regulated projects like pipelines, a contractor can now post a job as follows: “Wanted: carpenters, $10 an hour”. Nobody is going to apply. Now, by this legislation, it will be perfectly okay to do so, and working for 70 hours a week with no overtime will be perfectly okay. No Canadian is going to apply, but guess what? The government has opened the door for temporary foreign workers, with a 10-day waiting period.
No fair contractor in this country will ever win another job, because the government has eliminated the Fair Wages and Hours of Labour Act by virtue of this legislation.
"Does the hon. member think it is fair for a budget bill to eradicate and destabilize the entire construction industry by eliminating the fair wages act?"
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