Biodiversity Act could return to Province House this session

Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin says his government’s Biodiversity Act could come back to Province House for further debate this session after it was halted about a year ago.

The government introduced the first-of-its-kind legislation in March 2019. The bill is intended to manage threats to ecosystems and better protect wild species. But it quickly generated concerns from environmentalists, the forest industry and private woodlot owners. Some felt the act didn’t go far enough, while others deemed it an overreach that gave the minister too much power.

Rankin shelved the bill last April in response to criticism in order to do more consultation.

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