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Will B.C.’s new UNDRIP law block the province’s natural gas megaproject? Good question

The Editorial Board
The Globe and Mail
January 15, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

…B.C. last year became the first province to enshrine UNDRIP into law. At the federal level, the Trudeau government plans to do the same. That is even though it remains unclear exactly what UNDRIP means, and how it may change Canadian law. The document pledges governments to secure the “free, prior and informed consent” of Indigenous people. …To the average person, and in other areas of law, the word “consent” has an unmistakable meaning. Without a “yes,” things can’t move forward. No means no – period. So does UNDRIP give Indigenous groups a veto over resource developments affecting them? B.C. Premier John Horgan, a supporter of both UNDRIP and Coastal GasLink, says no. Some opponents of the pipeline say yes. …The situation in northern B.C. could play itself out over and over again. …All of which should give pause to Canadians, and to the Trudeau government. 

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