Bill C-17, federal legislation to amend the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act (YESAA), has passed Third Reading in the House of Commons. C-17 was adopted this morning after debate collapsed and without the need for a recorded vote.
“I am very proud of the work that Minister Bennett and the government have done to honour our commitments to Yukon First Nation and restore certainty to the mining industry,” said Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon. “The changes put forward in the previous government’s Bill S-6, were brought in without consultation and negotiation with Yukon’s First Nations, with whom YESAA was originally negotiated. This has resulted in a pending law suit, which could have had long lasting negative impacts for the resource sector in the Yukon.”
Bill C-17 was reported to the House of Commons at the committee stage on October 6, 2017.
“I want to thank my colleagues on the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs for getting the Bill through without amendments in a timely manner,” said Bagnell. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to get Bill C-17 passed expeditiously.”
Bill C-17 will now be debated in the Senate.
Office of Larry Bagnell, MP Yukon