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A pair of controversial environmental bills scaled their final hurdle in the Senate on Thursday, over the objections of critics who warn the two pieces of legislation will kneecap Canada's oil industry and fuel separatist sentiment in Alberta.
The federal government is rejecting most of the amendments proposed by Conservative senators to Bill C-69.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says conservative premiers are playing games with national unity by threatening the country's future if they don't get their way on an environmental-assessment bill.
Legislation overhauling Canada's assessment of major energy projects is back in the hands of Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, albeit looking a lot different than when she introduced it.
A Senate committee has approved dozens of amendments -- primarily aimed at mollifying the energy industry -- to the Liberal government's controversial environmental assessment legislation.
Environment advocates say Canadian senators are bowing to pressure from the energy industry to gut the government's environmental-assessment legislation.
Canadian senators are trying to make more than 100 amendments to the government's environmental-assessment bill that overhauls how major energy and transportation projects are reviewed.
Northern Alberta Indigenous leaders warn that watering down the federal government's proposed environmental assessment law would only doom energy projects to more years of court wrangling.