Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives refuse to listen. It is not only first nations who have said no to northern gateway, it is all of B.C. Over 60% of British Columbians have said that they do not want northern gateway threatening their coast and communities. The UBCM and virtually every municipality along the pipeline route has said no, so why are B.C. Conservative MPs ignoring their constituents?
Let us start with the senior federal minister for B.C. What does the Minister of Industry have to say, or is he ducking under his desk?
Hon. Greg Rickford (Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, CPC): Mr. Speaker, our decision is based upon the conclusions of an independent, science- and fact-based review panel. After carefully reviewing the report, the government is accepting the recommendation to impose 200 stringent conditions upon the project.
Our government has always been clear. The projects will only be approved if they are safe for Canadians and safe for the environment.