Monday: NDP Motion on Trans Mountain, Indigenous Consent

Monday: NDP Motion on Trans Mountain, Indigenous Consent

UPDATED June 4, 2018 9:18amET


Monday is an opposition day in the House of Commons, with an NDP motion on Indigenous rights and natural resource projects — including the contested Trans Mountain pipeline expansion that Ottawa has bought from Kinder Morgan.

Here is the full text of the motion:

 That the House:

(a) re-affirm its support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), including article 32(2), which guarantees “free and informed consent prior to the approval of any project affecting their lands or territories and other resources”; and

(b) acknowledge that advancing Constitutional Reconciliation through a nation-to-nation approach means respecting the right to self-determination of Indigenous Peoples and the will of their representative institutions, like the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs which has said with respect to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline that “No means no – the project does not have the consent it requires”, which is a principled position conducive to achieving the ends of the UNDRIP.

Also on Parliament Hill today:

  • MPs are scheduled to vote on three government bills: C-74, C-47, and C-57.
  • The week begins with a Liberal MP’s motion calling for committee study on endangered beluga, killer, and right whales.
  • Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor discusses estimates at the Commons health committee. Families, Children and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos does the same at the human resources committee. Both are LIVE ONLINE at 3:30pm ET / 12:30pm PT
  • The procedure committee is hearing testimony on Bill C-76, the government’s electoral reform legislation. Witnesses include former chief electoral officer Marc Mayrand, the Council of Canadians, federal privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien, and Conservative Party of Canada president Scott Lamb. LISTEN LIVE

-Andrew Thomson