Vaughn Palmer: Consultation gives First Nations right to a fair process, not a veto, court says – Vancouver Sun
Jul 07, 2020
VICTORIA — Premier John Horgan was quick to turn the page last week after the Supreme Court of Canada refused a last-ditch challenge from several B.C. First Nations to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
“Litigation has run its course from the province’s perspective,” said Horgan. He noted that B.C. had not even bothered to intervene in the application the high court had rejected.
“I still maintain that Vancouver is not the ideal location for a diluted bitumen export terminal,” said the premier. “The courts and the federal government have said otherwise.”
B.C. will work with Ottawa, the now owner of the project, “to make sure that our coast has got every available protection in place for the increase of tanker traffic.”
But as for Thursday’s court decision, Horgan left any comments “to the Indigenous nations that took the issue to the Supreme Court of Canada.”
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