Did hundreds of thousands of dollars in donatinos help convince a provincial government to approve a gold mine?
The Taseko Mines Inc. project is out of step with the times on both the environment and First Nations rights front, said Parkdale-High Park Liberal MP Gerard Kennedy.
The federal department playing a key role in determining the future of a controversial British Columbia gold and copper mine is relying on a flawed policy to fashion its recommendations to federal cabinet on whether the project should be given approval, says a former department official who helped craft the policy.
The area round the controversial Prosperity mine site was once a no-go zone for development. The provincial government put a stop to much smaller projects a few years ago citing concerns over fish habitat and First Nations rights.
Resistance to a planned gold and copper mine in British Columbia’s interior carries echoes of another conflict for the Tsilhqo’in people who are leading the fight to have the project stopped.