In an interview with the Northern Journal, the author of a recently released MLI paper on the government’s constitutional ‘duty to consult’ with Aboriginals says that narrowly interpreting the law has the potential to squander Canada’s resource potential.

Dwight Newman made the comments while speaking to the newspaper about his report, titled “The Rule and Role of Law: the duty to consult, Aboriginal communities, and the Canadian natural resource sector”.

Newman says it would be better for governments, Aboriginal communities and businesses if they focused on reaching consensus around resource development rather than wielding an interpretation of the law to suit their individual interests.

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