Throne speech silent on oil and gas

  • Sep. 14, 2005 7:00 p.m.

The provincial government “will work tirelessly to establish a new relationship with First Nations”, according to the throne speech launching the 38th parliament, read in the legislature Monday.
The speech, which outlines the Liberals’ plans for the coming legislative session, and read by Lieutenant-Governor Iona Campagnola, also said “innovative strategies are required to reverse the trends that have left too many aboriginal people behind in education, health, and economic opportunity”.
The government also plans a First Ministers’ meeting later this fall with aboriginal leaders, to act on a 10-year vision and plans for First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities.
Left out of the 30-plus page document was any reference to oil and gas exploration and development in provincial waters, previously a priority of this government.