'Not even on the radar screen': Why Big Oil has abandoned Canada's once-promising energy industry
by Jesse Snyder (feat. Monica Gattinger)
June 4, 2018
OTTAWA — In October 2013, then-Liberal leader Justin Trudeau told a room full of oil and gas executives in Calgary that the arms-length National Energy Board had become so politicized under Stephen Harper that it was now “an advisory board to Cabinet.”
It was part of a mantra that he would repeat throughout his election campaign and well into his tenure as prime minister that eroded confidence in Canada’s regulatory approval process: For too long, major energy projects had been rubber stamped despite strong environmental and First Nations’ opposition.
“Governments may be able to issue permits, but only communities can grant permission,” Trudeau said.