IN THE HOUSE ~ Question ~ on Conservatives' failed approach to the Northern Gateway pipeline

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the truth is Conservatives have broken faith with first nations on education, and also in their failed approach to the Northern Gateway pipeline.

This project faces overwhelming opposition from first nations and local communities because people know it is not the right way forward for the economy or for the environment.

When the joint review panel delivers its verdict later this month, will the Conservative government respect local opposition to the project and will it finally start working to achieve co-operation rather than conflict with first nations in Canada?

Hon. Joe Oliver (Minister of Natural Resources, CPC): Mr. Speaker, unlike the member opposite, our government waits to hear from the independent scientific review before it will make its determination.

I have spoken to many first nations and they understand the importance of the transformative opportunities of responsible resource development to the economy and to the communities in their area.

I am very encouraged by their response to the Eyford report. Going forward, we are going to work together in their best interests.

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