Statement by NDP Leader Gary Burrill on Alton Gas Legal Brief

December 22, 2016

For immediate release

Nova Scotia NDP Leader Gary Burrill made the following statement on the Alton Gas Legal Brief:

“I applaud Stephen McNeil for yesterday’s decision to rectify his government’s mistaken Supreme Court of Nova Scotia submission concerning Mi’kmaq consultation, by formally withdrawing offensive legal arguments which referred to First Nations in Nova Scotia as “conquered people,” as the NDP has been calling on the government to do since first raising the matter in the Legislature on November 10.

Although it is regrettable that the government has taken almost six weeks to come to this decision, Premier McNeil’s new position is clearly the right and honourable one to take.

Real reconciliation always involves meaningful action. I urge the Premier to consider passing the legislation introduced by the NDP in October providing for the implementation of all 39 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission which fall within provincial jurisdiction.”

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