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Canada Said to Aim to Bolster Aboriginal Pipeline Support – Bloomberg

May 22, 2014

The Canadian government is poised to take another step to boost support for pipelines as it prepares to rule on Enbridge Inc. (ENB)’s proposed Northern Gateway project.

Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford plans to announce his department will set up a new branch office based in British Columbia to oversee discussions with aboriginal groups, two people briefed on the matter said yesterday. The announcement may take place as early as next week, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public.

The branch will be part of the Major Projects Management Office based in Ottawa that was created in 2007 to support regulatory reviews of resource developments.

Rickford’s announcement will address recommendations made in December by Douglas Eyford, a lawyer appointed by Harper to review aboriginal concerns about resource development. In his report, Eyford advised building on the Major Projects Management Office model to establish a “sustained presence of senior officials on the ground in British Columbia” to coordinate government engagement with aboriginals.

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