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Canada to give aboriginals more say on resource projects: minister – Reuters Canada

by ahnationtalk on December 8, 2015493 Views

Dec 7, 2015

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada will give aboriginal groups more say in discussions over natural resource projects located on their territory, which should help pave the way for major pipelines and mines, the country’s new energy minister said on Monday.

The Liberal government, which took power last month, had pledged to toughen environmental assessments that critics said had been weakened under the former Conservative government.

Asked whether the new assessment process meant aboriginal interests could block development of a pipeline, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr declined to give a direct response.

“We will consult leaders, we will consult communities, we will seek consensus,” he said in an interview.

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