CHN V-P saddened by former MLA’s comments

  • Oct. 27, 2008 12:00 p.m.

Arnie Bellis, Vice-President of the Council of the Haida Nation says he is saddened by the comments former MLA Dan Miller recently made about offshore oil and gas exploration. “From the perspective of the CHN, it really saddens us that he would say that”. Mr. Miller, who represented this riding for four terms and also served briefly as Premier, told a business audience in Victoria that developing the offshore can be done without hurting the environment and that BC needs the revenues the development would bring. Mr. Bellis said the former MLA does not live in a vacuum, and “we helped put him in office for four terms. He knows our doors are open, he can come and talk to us anytime he wants.” Mr. Bellis went on to say that the CHN does not want the moratorium on offshore exploration lifted, and “we are prepared to use all our constitutional rights and regal rights to address that.” Mr. Bellis also said the CHN has a lot more priorities than just getting money, and said Mr. Miller is out of touch with the north coast.”My views are pretty well known on the offshore, and I certainly respect people who have alternate positions,” Mr. Miller told the Observer in a telephone interview. “These are not simple issues, they are not easy issues.I think it is possible to develop the offshore and retain protection for the environment. Oil and gas drilling is being done safely, for example in the Gulf of Mexico.” The former premier added that people have lost site of the fact that BC’s economy depends on us being exporters.

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