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Coldwater chief won’t accept Trudeau’s apology until prime minister visits community – National Observer

by pmnationtalk on December 7, 201898 Views

December 06, 2018

The First Nations leader who received an apology from the Canadian prime minister on Tuesday for failed Trans Mountain pipeline consultations says he won’t accept the apology until Justin Trudeau visits his community.

Coldwater Chief Lee Spahan had asked Trudeau to make the visit as part of a question he posed to Trudeau, after the prime minister delivered a speech to the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) special chiefs assembly in Ottawa on Dec. 4.

Trudeau told Spahan his government didn’t “didn’t do a good enough job” carrying out consultations with First Nations over the pipeline. The Federal Court of Appeal has ruled the government took an “unreasonable” approach that didn’t allow for a meaningful two-way conversation. But Trudeau did not respond to the request to visit.

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