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NEWS RELEASE · 22nd February 2011
MP Nathan Cullen - Smithers
British Columbia politicians must come to terms with the fact that political lobbying cannot overturn the findings of environmental assessments, following the Prime Minister’s commitment yesterday to uphold a federal panel’s recent rejection of Prosperity Mine as submitted last year.

“Some BC politicians have tried to grandstand on this issue, claiming they will lobby to overturn the panel’s decision,” said Cullen, noting candidate pledges to do so in the heated Liberal leadership race that ends this Saturday.

“But sustainable development is about better design and consultation – not backroom muscle.”

In November 2010, the federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice rejected Taseko’s proposal for Prosperity Mine, citing an environmental assessment that found it would have serious impacts on fish habitat and wildlife, as well as First Nations.

“Mining companies are beginning to understand that better relations with First Nations and environmentally sustainable designs are the way to do business in BC,” said Cullen. “I was pleased to see former minister Jim Prentice underline this with his decision on Fish Lake last year.”
“This is the new reality for resource development – projects must be built on sound science, solid economics and a social license from affected communities.”

“As stewards of these lands and resources, we can and must do better.”

The Prime Minister pledged to uphold his government’s rejection of the Prosperity proposal as submitted last year while speaking to reporters yesterday about being lobbied by a new BC Liberal leader and premier to change the federal decision on the $800-million mine.
Taseko Mines Ltd has submitted a revised proposal for Prosperity Mine that the company says would not require the destruction of Fish Lake
On Lobbying
Comment by Barry English on 23rd February 2011
“Some BC politicians have tried to grandstand on this issue, claiming they will lobby to overturn the panel’s decision,” said Cullen, noting candidate pledges to do so in the heated Liberal leadership race that ends this Saturday.

“But sustainable development is about better design and consultation – not backroom muscle.”

"Some BC politicians . . . .will lobby" I agree! In an earlier comment on a completely different subject my opinion was that, by definition, a lobbyist was someone with the ability to influence (bribe) government ministers and officials. Lobbyists perform no useful function and definitely contribute nothing to the workings of a democracy, In fact, they are a detriment to the whole concept of "fair play and treatment". Millions of dollars are wasted on, and by these parasites, and they should be outlawed
Burnt bridge
Comment by Don MacLeod on 22nd February 2011
In the First Nation's opinion, the mining company did not respect the people of the area during the negotiations. It will take more than the saving of Fish Lake to satisfy the locals now. Another lesson to big companies!