Energy Minister takes aim at UN committee plea to stop energy projects
January 7, 2020
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Alberta’s Minister of Energy Sonya Savage blasted the United Nations’ Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination for its statement calling for work to stop 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,” states Savage in a formal response. “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.”
She pointed out that 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,” says Savage.