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.