Dominic Cardy calls for ‘clarity’ on Aboriginal veto – by Alan White (CBC News New Brunswick – April 22, 2016)

New Democratic Party Leader Dominic Cardy is urging the federal Liberal government to make a decision quickly about the proposed Sisson mine project in New Brunswick.

A new study by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency found not enough has been done to offset the “significant” impact the 12.5 sq.-km mine would have on four Maliseet communities that have traditionally used the area northwest of Fredericton for hunting, fishing and gathering resources.

The chiefs of five First Nations and the chief of the Wolastoq Grand Council have all called for the Sisson mine proposal to be rejected by the federal government. An environmental assessment process is taking place and a decision is expected this summer.

Cardy said a quick decision is needed to bring clarity to the situation. “I really hope that the federal Liberal government moves quickly so that we can have clarity here in New Brunswick on the influence of our First Nations communities over projects like this,” said Cardy.

“Do they have a legal veto or not? At the moment it’s not clear and it makes it really hard for any outside investors who want to set up shop in New Brunswick.” The Sisson Partnership issued a statement Thursday saying “it will continue to engage the Maliseet First Nations in a meaningful and constructive manner.”

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