Brian Zinchuk is editor and owner of Pipeline Online
The Bloc Québécois didn’t agree with the Liberals and NDP on the Standing Committee on Natural Resources in their “just transition” report. In issuing a dissenting opinion, they didn’t have a lot to say, either, so Pipeline Online is publishing their entire dissent, verbatim:
The Bloc Québécois disagrees with the final recommendations of the report entitled “Creating a fair and equitable canadian energy transformation”. The Bloc Québécois
believes that the first version of the report, drafted by the analysts and presented to the committee on November 28, 2022, is more faithful to the testimony heard during the
“Just Transition” study. The Bloc Québécois deplores the fact that key concepts, such as the term “Just Transition”, which the committee was asked to consider, have been
completely removed from the final French version.
As a reminder, when Canada signed the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015, it pledged with 94 other signatory countries to reduce GHG emissions by 40-45% (from 2005
levels) by 2030 and to become carbon neutral by 2050. Many of the witnesses who appeared before the committee reiterated the importance of these commitments, yet the
final report does not match their testimony. The scientific consensus presented during the study must triumph over mere opinion.
The Bloc Québécois defends the recommendations of trade unions, environmental organizations and climate scientists. The evidence provided by these witnesses should
have guided the report’s conclusion, if the Committee’s true objective was to guide the government’s actions towards a low-carbon economy. In this regard, the Bloc Québécois
thanks all the witnesses who took the time to appear before the committee as part of this study.
The tenacity of the Committee members in evacuating the notion of “Just Transition” from the present report reflects a lack of political courage in the fight against climate
change. While the term “Just Transition” appeared 90 times in the original English version, it was virtually erased from the entire report and recommendations in the final
version. Indeed, the Bloc Québécois denounces the stratagem used by the Committee, which appears to have been subjected to external pressure. Initially, this study was to be
guided by the very principle of “Just Transition”, and the Committee’s conclusions deviate from the initial objective.
The Bloc Québécois is aware that the term “Just Transition” is a young concept that leaves room for multiple interpretations. Among others, it is rejected by the current
Alberta government and the Western oil and gas industry. In its current form, the final report reflects the Committee’s failure to address “Just Transition”, and aligns itself with
the West’s position. During its work, the Committee heard members deny even the reality of climate change, thus diluting the concept of energy transition. The treatment of other
concepts such as “ruralities”, “aboriginal communities” and “energy security” also occupied a disproportionate proportion of the exchanges, deviating from the very objective of the study.
In conclusion, the report tabled by the Committee is so abstract that it will be difficult to implement its recommendations on the legislative front. What’s more, the report’s recommendations are so lightweight as to give the impression that it was no more than a communications exercise.
- 0015 Latus Viro0015 Latus Viro
- 0054 SIMSA Energy Forum0054 SIMSA Energy Forum
- 0053 Kingston Midstream Westspur Alameda0053 Kingston Midstream Westspur Alameda
- 0052 Predator Inspections0052 Predator Inspections
- 0051 JML Hiring Pumpjack assembly0051 JML Hiring Pumpjack assembly
- 0049 Scotsburn Dental soft guitar0049 Scotsburn Dental soft guitar
- 0046 City of Estevan This is Estevan0046 City of Estevan This is Estevan
- 0043 ALX ten sizes0043 ALX ten sizes
- 0039 Summit ESP Saskatchewan lower third0039 Summit ESP Saskatchewan lower third
- 0041 DEEP Since 2018 now we are going to build0041 DEEP Since 2018 now we are going to build
- 0032 IWS Summer hiring rock trailer music
- 0022 Grimes winter hiring
- 0021 OSY Rentals S8 Promo
- 0018 IWS Hiring Royal Summer
- 0013 Panther Drilling PO ad 03 top drive rigs
- 0006 JK Junior
- 0004 Royal Helium PO Ad 02
Pipeline Online provides the in-depth coverage on energy issues in this province that no other media comes close to. It does NOT receive federal journalism subsidies. However, with recent action from Facebook to block news links, it’s important to follow Pipeline Online in other manners. The easiest is to check each morning at PipelineOnline.ca, with the top story posted at 7 a.m. Monday to Friday, and additional coverage throughout the day and weekend. But you can also follow on LinkedIn and Twitter. You can follow editor Brian Zinchuk online at LinkedIn as well (you’ll see more stories that way). Finally, you can subscribe to a weekly newsletter.