"Public Good Regulation" is Smarter than "Smart Regulation"

CELA has followed closely the federal government’s “smart regulation” initiative making several interventions and submissions to the External Advisory Committee on Smart Regulation (EACSR), which was appointed in 2003 and reported to the prime minister in September 2004.

The EACSR’s final report advises the federal government to continue a twenty year trend towards reducing its capacity to protect against hazards to health, safety and the environment. Budget cutting, tax relief, "regulatory efficiency," and the push to shrink the size of government now have a new name: "Smart Regulation." This ambiguous term originally meant the use of a mixture of policy instruments in combination with enforceable regulations. However, under the heavy influence of industry lobbyists, it has been twisted to mean "economic competitiveness", and measures that will further weaken governmental capacity and accountability.

CELA wrote to the prime minister on October 22, 2004 (see linked letter below) summarizing public interest community concerns about the EACSR report and urging the government "to halt smart regulation implementation until a national consensus is achieved on the appropriate direction for the policy."

In the wake of Walkerton and SARS, CELA is critical of proposals that will weaken government’s ability to protect the public against health, safety and environmental hazards. CELA will therefore continue to monitor the implementation of the EACSR’s proposals. The following collection includes reports, correspondence, media releases and other publications relevant to this topic.

 

Mar 24 2005

Smart Regulation: Anything but "Smart"

Public protection should be primary aim of regulation

Occasional articles - 2004. Reprint of letter published in The Hill Times, Oct 25, 2004

Safety First? Ottawa sends mixed signals on regulations

Occasional articles - 2004. Reprint of Article published in The Hill Times, Oct 4, 2004

Government quietly drifts in direction of promoting economic interests ahead of public safety

Sep 28 2004

Report Undermines Protection of Public Health, Safety and Environment, Groups Say
Title:Letter from CELA to members of the External Advisory Committee on Smart Regulation
Resource Type:Letter
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:2
Date authored:May 17, 2004
Author/s:Paul Muldoon and Hugh Benevides
Author Organization:Canadian Environmental Law Association
Title:Letter from CELA and 45 other organizations and individuals to members of External Advisory Committee on Smart Regulation regarding the need to give regulatory priority to health, safety and environmental protection
Resource Type:Letter
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:3
Date authored:August 16, 2004
Author/s:16 National, 14 Local and Regional Organizations and 16 individuals
Author Organization:Canadian Environmental Law Association, multiple groups and individuals

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Title:Letter to Rt. Hon. Paul Martin regarding report of the External Advisory Committee on Smart Regulation
Resource Type:Letter
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:7
Date authored:October 22, 2004
Author/s:Paul Muldoon, Hugh Benevides
Author Organization:Canadian Environmental Law Association
Title:Deep Integration and Smart Regulation: Is Deeper Smarter?
Crossing the Line: A Citizens' Inquiry on the Future of Canada-U.S. Relations (Discussion Paper 6.2)
Resource Type:Report
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:13
Date authored:January 11, 2005
Author/s:Hugh Benevides
Author Organization:Canadian Environmental Law Association
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