Is Bill C-69 an oil sands killer?

If you missed Canada’s weekend politics shows, get caught up here in these quick snapshots
A construction site at the new Suncor Fort Hills tar sands mining operations near Fort McMurray.
A construction site at the new Suncor Fort Hills tar sands mining operations near Fort McMurray, Alberta, September 17, 2014. In 1967 Suncor helped pioneer the commercial development of Canada’s oil sands, one of the largest petroleum resource basins in the world. Picture taken September 17, 2014. (Todd Korol/Reuters)

Didn’t catch Canada’s weekend politics shows? Here’s what you missed. This is an excerpt from today’s Politics Insider newsletter, which you can read here.

  • New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs says his province stands to be hit hardest by the Trudeau government’s carbon tax, and that will hit Trudeau’s results in the province in the election this fall: “If you look at industries here, you look at the state they’re in environmentally, we’re starting from a whole different point of view. I don’t have five coal plants to close,” he said on CTV’s Question Period. “We don’t need more tax, and that’s the goal.”(CTV News)
  • Jody Wilson-Raybould‘s replacement as attorney minister, Justice Minister David Lametti, said the prime minister did not apply any pressure to Wilson-Raybould to help SNC-Lavalin in its fraud and corruption charges, because the prime minister said so: “I can speak for myself that I’ve had certainly no pressure on me. No attempt to direct me on the matter,” Lametti told CBC’s The House. “And the prime minister has been clear that the same is true of (my) predecessor.” Asked how he knows Wilson-Raybould wasn’t pressured, Lametti said he’s “relying on what the prime minister had said.” (CBC News)
  • Is the Trudeau government’s Bill C-69 a deliberate attempt to kill the oil sands? Sen. Doug Black, a former Conservative in the Upper Chamber who now sits as an independent, thinks so. “There will be no new development in the oil sands. Many would argue that’s the very intent of the legislation,” he said on Global’s West Block. “I believe there are parts of the government that believe that would be a desirable outcome.