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NEWS RELEASE · 26th January 2012
Bill Graveland- Canadian Press
Federal energy minister: new regulatory process to be introduced within a year

"We need to make sure that the regulatory process occurs within a defined and limited timeframe so they don't go on forever. Mackenzie Valley pipeline project took nine years to be approved. This is excessive, so that's one of the issues we're going to be looking at."

At an earlier event in Calgary, Oliver made it clear that the government would not intervene in the Northern Gateway process, but was optimistic that aboriginal leaders would eventually come to support the pipeline.

Oliver said he had the opportunity to discuss the project with aboriginal leaders at the First Nations summit in Ottawa, including a number of chiefs from British Columbia.

"It's always been my hope and continues to be that this pipeline would address issues that will create economic activity that will be beneficial," said Oliver.

"We believe the aboriginal communities and First Nations can benefit in a transformative way from some of these developments. There's money on the table, there's equity participation and there's jobs, so it's our hope to continue to have a dialogue with the First Nations and see whether we together can achieve our objectives.

"We have a moral and constitutional obligation to consult and accommodate and we of course will do that."

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Comment by Karen on 28th January 2012
So Joe, are you trying to beat the next provincial election when you know you could easliy lose your allies in the BC Liberal government?
No Mandate
Comment by Gary Edwards on 26th January 2012
These governments have no mandate to invoke closure on ANYTHING that affects our life and well being. They were not elected to do so. To speed up a process is to disallow many from speaking their concerns. It also impedes anyone from doing their due dilligence.
I Second That
Comment by Robert Sallows on 26th January 2012
Praises from one radical to another Helmut....
Maybe a better focus...
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 26th January 2012
...Mr. Oliver would be to make sure that both sides of an issue have a fair opportunity to present their case. One pro side setting aside $300 million to convince the public that a project is good for them while vilifying anyone opposed as foreign interests is hardly a level playing field.

We have election spending rules so why not spending rules on issues before a quasi judicial body like a Joint Review Panel. Why not some balance and openness on how the JRP's are appointed? Why not some assurance that a ruling by the JRP cannot be ignored by the government. Those are the real issues. The concern about time is just another red herring like the charge that any environmentally concerned person opposed to the governments plans was a foreign radical.

In a democracy, making decisions quickly is not the most important issue. Next thing you know we will do away with the House of Commons, they waste too much time.