Hidden agenda in fed budget

The federal budget contained a hidden agenda, one reader says.

To the Editor,

This week MP James Lunney voted in favour of a 400-page budget bill that amends more than 70 different acts and devotes an astonishing 150 pages to weakening laws to protect our environment.

The Conservatives claim that this “streamlining” of environmental legislation is so important that it has to be passed right away.

So why didn’t we hear about it until now? Why didn’t they campaign on it in the last election? And why are the Conservatives ramming all these changes through Parliament and refusing to break up the mammoth bill so that all its parts can be properly studied?

The Conservatives are trying to avoid public scrutiny by cramming major environmental changes into a sweeping “kitchen sink” bill.

All of this comes on top of 900 cuts at Environment Canada.

Mr. Lunney and the Conservatives didn’t campaign on gutting environmental regulations, yet they are trying to pass them under the radar.

Mr. Lunney needs to come clean to his constituents about this hidden agenda of environmental destruction.

Kirsty Duncan,

Liberal Critic

for the Environment