In its submission to Ottawa’s 2018 Legislative Review of the Export Development Act, Probe International calls for a repeal of the Act and the privatization of Export Development Canada (EDC). Probe argues the federal government’s export-financing agency shares many of the same characteristics as China’s controversial state-owned enterprises (SOEs), characteristics that ensure market distortion and stunt private development.
(August 28, 2013) Proposed changes to regulations governing Export Development Canada don’t go far enough.
(February 13, 2013) EDC environmental decisions virtually immune from judicial review. Crown corporation sets standards and can exempt projects on its own say so.
(January 7, 2013) Canada’s Access to Information Act perversely gives Export Development Canada (EDC) the legal power to keep records of its operations secret, charges Probe International. In its submission to the Office of the Information Commissioner’s review of Canada’s 30-year-old Access to Information Act, Probe International declares it is time to reform the Act and remove EDC’s extraordinary privileges.
(August 18, 2008) All spin and no substance: Chapter E-20, the Export Development Act R.S. 1985, c. E20 (formerly Bill C-31) is a devious amendment to convince the public that EDC is doing something to protect the environment while, in fact, EDC is frustrating efforts to stop its environmentally damaging activities. Furthermore, this law prevents any references to the Export Development Corporation on pain of jail or a hefty fine. It needlessly curtails free speech.
(September 17, 2002) In a thousand quiet and unknown ways, speech is stifled.
(December 6, 2001) Senator Setlakwe comments at third reading of Bill C-31. Bill C-31 is read third time and passed.
(December 5, 2001) Hon. Senators Tkachuk and Angus join in the third-reading debate on Bill C-31. Senator Angus points out several flaws, especially the lack of transparency and accountability which the proposed law accords to the Export Development Corporation.
(December 4, 2001) Senators vote on motion to amend BillC-31 clause 9.
(November 29, 2001) Export Development Act – Third Reading in the Senate Bill to Amend introduced Motion in Amendment – Vote Deferred until December 4, 2001.
(November 27, 2001) Certain members of the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce have concerns with some clauses of Bill C-31, which are as follows.
(November 21, 2001) Bill C-31 will allow EDC to write the rules, establish the criteria, define the terms, assess itself, and then decide whether or not it is justified in supporting a project that will destroy the environment.
(November 20, 2001) A proposed law, Bill C-31, would prevent any references to the Export Development Corporation on pain of jail or a hefty fine. It needlessly curtails free speech.
(October 24, 2001) SCFAIT hears presentations from Warren Allmand, President, Rights and Democracy and Linda Nowlan, Executive Director, West Coast Environmental Law Association as the committee continues to review Bill C-31.
(October 24, 2001) Since its formation in 1974, WCELA has been extensively involved in the development and implementation of environmental law at both the provincial and federal levels in Canada.