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Political leaders are still sowing confusion about the duty to consult: Joseph Quesnel for Inside Policy – MLI

by ahnationtalk on January 28, 2019288 Views

January 28, 2019

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh’s recent remarks show the need to adopt factual and reasonable language when engaging on issues related to the duty to consult, writes Joseph Quesnel.

Recent comments by the leader of the federal New Democratic Party (NDP) suggest that the party needs to adopt reasonable and legally sound positions on issues related to the legal duty to consult and accommodate Indigenous communities when development activities affect their traditional territories.

The NDP is not alone; politicians of all parties have been responsible for mixed or wrong messages on duty to consult.

In his recent remarks about the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion during an interview with CBC’s The National, Jagmeet Singh appeared to conflate the legal duty to consult and accommodate Indigenous communities with obtaining unanimous consent among those affected communities. It’s especially notable since it’s coming from the head of a major federal party that aspires to government.

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