Ontario’s former chief negotiator in the Ring of Fire consultation process has landed a new –but similar – position as Ottawa’s point person on the stalled Trans Mountain Expansion Project.
Retired Supreme Court of Canada Justice Frank Iacobucci has been chosen as the federal representative to oversee consultation with the First Nation and Metis communities impacted by the project.
Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi announced the appointment of Iacobucci on Oct. 3 as Ottawa said it will not be appealing the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision from last August. Instead, the government will re-do the consultation process with a third round of talks with the 117 Indigenous groups along the pipeline’s path.
“He (Iacobucci) will initially provide advice on designing the process and will then oversee it to ensure that Indigenous consultations are meaningful and comply with the direction given by the federal court of appeal,” said Sohi in a statement.
“I’m confident that the Phase III consultation process will be better, owing to his expertise and advice working with First Nations in Ontario in the development of the Ring of Fire and as part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.”