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The Montreal Economic Institute applauds the Supreme Court’s ruling on Bill C-69

Montreal, October 13, 2023 – The Montreal Economic Institute reacted to this morning’s Supreme Court Ruling calling large portions of the federal Impact Assessment Act, also known as Bill C-69, unconstitutional.

“This morning’s ruling will do much to streamline the approval of important energy infrastructure projects,” explains Krystle Wittevrongel, senior public policy analyst at the MEI. “By removing the duplication of federal and provincial impact assessment processes, it will reduce redundant bureaucracy.”

The MEI had pointed out in the past how Bill C-69 would lengthen and complicate the approval process for energy projects.

“With this ruling, the Supreme Court rightly recognizes that Ottawa went overboard and meddled in areas of provincial jurisdiction,” adds Gabriel Giguère, public policy analyst at the MEI. “The impact of today’s ruling will most likely be felt in the speed at which Quebec’s upcoming electricity infrastructure projects will be able to come online.”

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The MEI is an independent public policy think tank with offices in Montreal and Calgary. Through its publications, media appearances, and advisory services to policy-makers, the MEI stimulates public policy debate and reforms based on sound economics and entrepreneurship. 

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