April 6, 2017 Editor

Canadian National Energy Board (NEB) is in crisis.

photo above: Council of Canadians campaigner Daniel Cayley-Daoust presenting to the NEB modernization panel February 22, 2017.

Revelations of secret lobby meetings forced the resignation of its Energy East pipeline review panel last year. The NEB has long been accused of being biased in favour of industry, and leading pipeline reviews that don’t take transparency, public input and consultations with Indigenous peoples seriously.

In November, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr announced the government would “modernize” the NEB. But some of the people he appointed to lead the review have close ties to the pipeline industry.

That’s no way to inspire public confidence.

Add your voice! Send a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Carr demanding they appoint an unbiased panel to ensure a fair review process.

Your biased “expert” NEB modernization panelists:

Brenda Kenny worked until 2016 as the president of Canada’s top pipeline lobbyist association, the Canadian Energy Pipelines Association (CEPA). She worked for 10 years as the Business Leader of Planning, Policy and Coordination at the NEB before joining CEPA. Ms. Kenny provides a true example of the revolving door between government and industry. Even worse, she went from working for an industry regulator to being a notable industry lobbyist.

Gary Merasty is a former Liberal MP and current board member of the Canada West Foundation, a right-wing think tank known for its staunch pro-pipeline stance, including public support for Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline. Enbridge, a major pipeline company, is one of the Canada West Foundation’s “Champion” level sponsors.

Hélène Lauzon, who co-chairs the expert panel, is the chair of the Quebec Business Council on the Environment, a pro-pipeline business association that represents major pipeline companies like Enbridge and TransCanada, as well as other oil and gas companies.

To call on the Trudeau government to immediately remove Kenny, Merasty and Lauzon as expert panel members and to restart the NEB modernization process when they are replaced with panellists who have more balanced views, please go to the online action alert Let’s kick Big Oil out of the NEB now.

Read more: Council of Canadians challenges National Energy Board modernization panel



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Wayne Northey was Director of Man-to-Man/Woman-to-Woman – Restorative Christian Ministries (M2/W2) in British Columbia, Canada from 1998 to 2014, when he retired. He has been active in the criminal justice arena and a keen promoter of Restorative Justice since 1974. He has published widely on peacemaking and justice themes. You will find more about that on this website: a work in progress.

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