Earlier this year the proponents of the Northern Gateway pipeline, Enbridge, received conditional approval from the federal government to proceed to the next stage with their project.
Back in June I was invited to appear on CBC Radio One’s Cross Country Checkup, to discuss this pipeline proposal, whichwould cross northern British Columbia to bring oil sands production from Alberta to Asian markets. As I said then I am still optimistic that a pipeline proposal for transporting Canadian oil to world markets can gain the support of Aboriginal groups.
Whether that pipeline is Northern Gateway or some other proposal isn’t the central issue; what’s important is that Canada develop a method for ensuring its oil production can reach world markets.
“I believe it is possible to strike a deal that will be attractive to Aboriginal people but it’s not going to be easy and there’s going to be a heck of a lot of work ahead of us, whether it’s on the Enbridge project or another one”, he said.
To listen to the interview, click here and skip forward to the 1:24:00 mark.