Appearing on CBC Radio One’s Cross Country Checkup, MLI Managing Director Brian Lee Crowley said he’s still optimistic that a pipeline proposal for transporting Canadian oil to world markets can gain the support of Aboriginal groups.

Last week the builders of the Northern Gateway pipeline received conditional approval from the federal government.

While it remains unclear whether the pipeline will end up being built, Crowley said it’s important that Canada develop a method for meeting the world’s demand for oil.

“I believe it is possible to strike a deal that will be attractive to Aboriginal people but it’s not going to be easy and there’s going to be a heck of a lot of work ahead of us, whether it’s on the Enbridge project or another one”, he said.

To listen to the interview, click here and skip forward to the 1:24:00 mark.