The Expanded Role of the Federal Cabinet in Pipeline Projects

The University of Ottawa’s Positive Energy program uses the convening power of the university to bring together academic researchers and senior decision-makers from industry, government, Indigenous communities, local communities and environmental organizations to determine how to strengthen public confidence in energy decision-making.

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The report

A new study (PDF, 1.7MB) from the University of Ottawa’s Positive Energy program examines cabinet’s review of the 2021 NGTL System Expansion Project following recommendations from the Canada Energy Regulator.

The study, authored by Rowland Harrison, Q.C., Positive Energy Faculty Affiliate and former NEB board member, suggests that tensions may arise between two fundamental public responsibilities with respect to reviewing proposals for major resource development projects. The first of these is to fulfill, and respect, the requirements of the constitutional duty of the Crown to consult and, where appropriate, accommodate Indigenous peoples. The second is to maintain the integrity and effectiveness of the applicable regulatory framework, particularly by being transparent, and by complying with the requirements of procedural fairness.

The report in brief

Read the key findings and their relevance to decision-makers.
Key findings (PDF, 2.1MB)