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Bill C-69 Proclaimed into Law This Week; NL Should Join Alberta’s Challenge
Newfoundland and Labrador should join Alberta in a constitutional challenge of Bill C-69 – the “no more offshore bill”
Thursday, August 29, 2019

Office of the Official Opposition 

For Immediate Release

 

St. John’s, NL (August 29, 2019) – PC Opposition leader Ches Crosbie said Newfoundland and Labrador should join Alberta in a constitutional challenge of Bill C-69 – the “no more offshore bill” – which was proclaimed into law this week after being passed by Ottawa in June.

The Government of Alberta issued a news statement on Wednesday saying “this is a dark day” for the country, and that: “Under the Constitution, Alberta has clear and sole jurisdiction over the development of our natural resources. We will be launching a constitutional challenge against this discriminatory piece of legislation that will only leave a legacy of irreversible impacts on Canadians.” https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=64373867F06B5-D4EB-4223-6F7AC6A45BDFF52B

Crosbie said, “On June 26, our province’s House of Assembly endorsed a resolution calling on our own provincial government to challenge the federal government for passing Bill C-69, which contains provisions that violate‎ the principle of joint management contained in the 1985 Atlantic Accord‎ and its implementation legislation.”

Crosbie’s resolution – which passed with PC, Liberal and Independent support – also called on the province to “take all reasonable measures, including Court challenges where necessary, to safeguard – against conflicting federal legislation – the hard-won joint management rights that Newfoundland and Labrador secured under the 1985 Atlantic Accord and its implementation legislation, and to refuse to enact any provincial law that will erode those rights.”

Crosbie said, “With Alberta promising a constitutional challenge, Newfoundland and Labrador will have the opportunity to do what it promised in June, by joining the fight to protect our rights and our offshore benefits.  It’s time to stand up for jobs in Newfoundland and Labrador and challenge any federal attempts to override our rights and block our economic growth in vital industries such as oil and gas.”

 

 

Contacts:

Bradley Russell

Director of Policy and Research

(p) 1.709.729.3668

BradleyRussell@gov.nl.ca

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