Full consultation required by the courts

Letter from Dave Ligertwood criticizes BC Conservative leader for his comments regarding the New Prosperity mine.

Editor:

As BC Conservative party leader John Cummins was in Williams Lake recently, I can’t help but comment on a rather irresponsible remark that he made concerning a single group having veto power over the proposed mine at Fish Lake.

John Cummins knows full well that this is not the case. Veto power by definition only applies to power granted to senates or presidents of republic states. I think that Mr. Cummins needs to re-think his language as his use of this word is not only misleading, but also inflammatory.

I don’t know how many times the fact of the matter has to be repeated but I will do so again for the sake of peace, and so that anyone who cares has the facts. In the case of the proposed mine at Fish Lake, full consultation with First Nations is not only morally necessary, but full consultation is now, as it has been from the beginning, required by the courts of the land.

While so many people have gone off in a tangent, valuable time has been  wasted, relations have been strained, and for what?

Dave Ligertwood

Okanagan Falls (former

Williams Lake resident)

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