EDITORIAL – How do we get to reconciliation on Trans Mountain?

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

A COUPLE OF thoughts today on the ever-shifting tarsands, if you’ll excuse the pun.

Two phrases are tossed around almost daily in connection with the Trans Mountain pipeline. One of them is, “reconciliation.” The other is “whatever it takes.”

I really wonder whether reconciliation is even possible on something like Trans Mountain. Thirty-three bands in B.C. — including the Simpcw First Nation in the North Thompson — support the project, but many others clearly don’t — among them the Neskonlith Band east of Kamloops.

Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with a group of First Nations representatives who support the pipeline. Outside was a group who don’t.

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1 Comment on EDITORIAL – How do we get to reconciliation on Trans Mountain?

  1. Canada is currently a multicultural nation ‘plus’ aboriginals. The sooner we get towards Canada being a multicultural nation ‘which includes aboriginals’ the better off we’ll all be. We have one federal government, not two.

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