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Frequently Asked Questions

Q1 - Why did you hold these meetings?
A1 - Last May, the Government of Canada announced a Ministerial Panel with three representatives to meet with local communities along land and marine routes of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMX) , and to identify whether there are any additional views that could be relevant to the Government’s final decision. Please see the Panel Terms of Reference for more information.

Q2 - Will the Panel recommend whether to approve the TMX?
A2 - No. A final Government decision on the project will be based on several factors, including careful assessment of the National Energy Board (NEB) Recommendation Report for TMX, previous and upcoming Crown Consultations with Indigenous groups, the review of upstream greenhouse gas emissions estimates by Environment and Climate Change Canada, as well as input received by this Panel.

Q3 - How were meeting locations chosen?
A3 - The Panel selected locations based on proximity to the TMX route, feedback previously received, potential impacts, and our requirement to submit a final report by November 1, 2016

Q4 - Why did you ask for more feedback from peoples and places the NEB visited?
A4 - The NEB process involved formal, quasi-judicial hearings, with specific process and eligibility requirements. The Panel's work supplemented the NEB report by focusing on issues not previously heard.

Q5 - If people wanted to comment on the project, did they have to come to a meeting?
A5 - No. We accepted input through an online questionnaire or by email.

Q6 - What kind of feedback were you looking for?
A6 – The Panel sought feedback, and will report on, TMX-related issues not heard through other sources.

We encouraged those making a submission to review the following sources:

Q7 - What was the meeting format?
A7 -Formal registration was not required, and all meetings were open to the public. Generally, presenters were asked to limit their comments to 3 to 5 minutes to allow an equal voice for all those present, and to hear from as many people as possible

"Round table" meetings focused on issues raised by specific local stakeholders (e.g. business, government, non-governmental organizations) and Indigenous groups.

"Town halls" offered communities an opportunity to discuss local issues.

Q8 - Why weren't meeting details provided sooner?
A8 - While the Panel was appointed in May 2016, significant planning and preparations are required to effectively collect online and in-person submissions across two provinces and dozens of communities.

Details of initial meetings in Alberta were shared online following the launch of Panel activities on June 27, 2016.

Subsequent meetings were booked in chronological order, with details shared on our website as soon as they were available, also in print and online advertising.

Q9 - How can I find out what my community and others told the Panel?
A9 –The Panel has published Meeting Summaries of what they heard through in-person meetings.

Q10 – How did you select the groups that were invited to round tables?
A10 – Interested stakeholders were identified based on their prior activities related to the TMX Project. These groups were invited to specific meetings based on common interests related to the project.  All groups and individuals were welcome to attend round tables and town halls.

Q11 – Is the Panel consulting all Indigenous groups along the proposed route?
A11 – The duty to consult Indigenous groups rests with the Crown, and government officials continued their own consultations at the same time as the Panel was completing its work.  The Panel welcomed any Indigenous group that wished to meet with them.

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