News+Politics March 6, 2012
Jim Prentice On Energy Development In Aboriginal Communities

Jim Prentice, former senior cabinet minister, current CIBC executive, says energy development and Aboriginal communities have a lot to gain from each other. He says the days of corporations doing what they need to do without worrying about the communities they affect are long gone. Today, when one benefits, so does the other.

He'll be on the show tonight, along with actor Ewan McGregor.

Jim Prentice:
"You have got to have first class environmental rules in place to ensure that any projects that go ahead are sound environmentally...and that's part of who we are as a country...and from there you've got to make sure that you've got economic opportunity for the folks that live nearby - aboriginal communities and others - you know a lot of the projects that are now happening, hydro projects in this country that are environmentally sound they involve first nations partners and its great to see that happening. I remember 25 years ago when there was even more poverty and I used to meet first nations leaders and we'd travel together across the country we said the day would come when these kind of projects had first nations partnerships. Today they do."

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