Tree Frog Forestry News

Environment, resource development agenda among April’s top-lobbied files

By Samantha Wright Allen
The Hill Times
May 20, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Seamus O’Regan & Johathan Wilkinson

COVID-19 is offering important lessons for Canada’s approach to climate change and the need for green programs to be built into economic recovery, say some of the groups lobbying the ministers focused on these files. Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan and Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson have been among the top three most lobbied in cabinet. …It appears Canada is “getting ready to pivot to recovery,” said Derek Nighbor, president of the Forest Products Association of Canada, and that brings forward questions about stimulus spending and green infrastructure. The industry has “embraced the green agenda,” he said, but there needs to be smart regulation so Canada can move to quickly recover.“We can’t be layering burdensome tax requirements” on businesses “fighting for their lives,” he said, and this moment calls for a “prudent and thoughtful approach” to regulatory policy frameworks to avoid unintended consequences.

Read More