Over 30 of 42 bands affected by Northern Gateway wanted the project, already given regulatory approval, to proceed. Instead, Trudeau shut it down citing the Great Bear Rainforest as an inappropriate place to build a pipeline and the Douglas Channel as no place for tanker traffic.
The final nail in the coffin came when the Federal Court of Appeal ruled that First Nations groups hadn’t been properly consulted with indigenous groups in support of the project saying they weren’t consulted at all.
According to a National Post article, Chief Elmer Derrick says they were disappointed.
In fact representatives from three supportive bands say they’re angry at Trudeau for rejecting the pipeline in a political decision that wasn’t in Canadians’ best interests.
Chief Dale Swampy went on to say aboriginal communities have tried to get themselves out of poverty and out of the welfare system but every time, their attempts are destroyed.
The Liberals continue to break their election promises to First Nations to rebuild a relationship based on mutual respect and partnership.
This latest broken promise is a prime example of how progressives use identity politics to get votes to the detriment of those communities they claim to want to help.
The job creation and economic benefits of pipeline projects could lift these communities out of poverty for the long term.