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Top legal official contradicts Higgs on duty to consult to First Nations – CBC

by ahnationtalk on October 11, 201978 Views

Deputy attorney-general says ‘the duty to consult is quite clear’ after premier called it vague

Oct 11, 2019

The top official in charge of the province’s legal battles has contradicted Premier Blaine Higgs on the duty to consult Indigenous people on resource projects.

Earlier this year, Higgs expressed frustration over the legal requirement for consultations, calling it vague.

But John Logan, the deputy attorney-general, told the legislature’s Public Accounts committee on Thursday that “the duty to consult is quite clear.”

He was responding to a question from Progressive Conservative MLA Stewart Fairgrieve, who said he attended a parliamentary conference in western Canada that featured discussions about how the requirement is “ambiguous” and “confusing.”

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