Minister of Energy Sonya Savage issued the following statement on the recommendation of the United Nations’ Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to stop work on major resource projects:
“With all the injustice in the world, it’s beyond rich that the unelected, unaccountable United Nations would seemingly single out Canada – one of the greatest champions of human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
“We wish that the UN would pay as much attention to the majority of First Nation groups that support important projects such as Trans Mountain and Coastal GasLink.
“First Nations leaders increasingly recognize that responsible natural resource development can serve as a path from poverty to prosperity for their people. Yet this UN body seemingly ignores these voices.
“Canada’s duly elected representatives – not unaccountable international committees – are responsible for governing decisions in this country.”