OTTAWA — Finance Minister Joe Oliver rejects the notion the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline is doomed because of a Supreme Court ruling on an aboriginal land claim in British Columbia.
Speaking from Warsaw, Poland, on Friday, Oliver delivered the government talking points on Thursday's landmark decision, which aboriginal groups hailed as a game-changer when it comes to resource management on unceded lands.
But when asked specifically if Northern Gateway, the proposed 1,177-km pipeline from Alberta to Kitimat, B.C., is now a no-go, Oliver, a former natural resources minister, said he "wouldn't come to that conclusion."
He echoed Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt's statement that the government is reviewing the decision to determine its next steps.
"The decision by the Supreme Court...involves complex, significant issues about the nature of aboriginal title in B.C.," Oliver said.