Statement on becoming the Natural Resources critic for the Liberal Party
I am honoured to be asked by interim Liberal leader Bob Rae to take on the role of Natural Resources critic for the Liberal Party until the new leader is chosen in April. Pipelines, oil and gas, and climate change will be some of the areas where I’ll help keep tabs on Mr. Harper’s government.
While I will be passing on the Science and Technology file, I intend to remain in contact with scientists and engineers as their connection to and advocate in Parliament. I will bring my science background to my work on the Natural Resources file. The Minister has said publicly that our regulatory system must be based on science and the facts and I intend to hold him to that.
Our regulatory system must be fair, independent, consider different viewpoints including those of Aboriginal communities, review the evidence dispassionately and then make an objective determination. It must be based on science and the facts.
Open letter from Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver, Globe and Mail, January 9, 2012