MR. SPEAKER, indigenous support for the northern gateway continues to grow, but the Liberal government has thrown up its hands and walked from the table.
I would like to quote from the 31 first nations that are equity partners.
[This] project is a new way of doing business and sets a precedent for collaborative partnerships between First Nations and Métis communities and the resource industry.
Our ownership…will ensure a sustainable, prosperous future for generations to come.
Is the minister going to betray these first nations that have negotiated in good faith?…
Mr. Speaker, 31 first nations and Métis communities, who are equity partners in the northern gateway pipeline, did not mince words. They said, “We are profoundly shocked and…deeply disappointed that a Prime Minister…would now blatantly choose to deny our 31 First Nations and Métis communities of our constitutionally protected right to economic development.”
They went on to say that this decision “will eliminate significant financial and social benefits committed to our communities.”
They negotiated in good faith. Why are the Liberals robbing them of the opportunity for future prosperity?
Source: Open Parliament.ca.