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Ministers mum on Trans Mountain ahead of cabinet meeting

Last Updated Sep 18, 2018 at 8:32 am PST

The federal government is looking at getting a former Supreme Court justice to help guide a renewed consultation with Indigenous communities on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. An aerial view of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain marine terminal, in Burnaby, B.C., is shown on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS Jonathan Hayward
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Cabinet ministers would not say whether they're be deciding on an action plan for Trans Mountain pipeline Tuesday

OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Federal cabinet ministers are keeping mum about whether or not they will be deciding on a plan of action for the Trans Mountain pipeline Tuesday.

A court ruling last month scrapped the approval of the project due to a lack of consultations with Indigenous peoples, and a lack of consideration for the environmental risk.

Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott wouldn’t provide details on the path forward for the government.

“Well this is something that the courts have been very clear about and we will obviously listen to the advice and you’ll hear more about the plans soon,” she said.

Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi also did not comment.

On whether there would be pipeline decision on Tuesday, Philpott said she would leave that for someone else to comment on after the meeting.

In an interview with Maclean’s magazine, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the federal government is considering all options, which includes an appeal of the ruling. But, he also discussed the need to make accommodations and address the concerns raised by the courts.

“We need to do a little more environmental science, we need to do a little bit more work on consultation with Indigenous peoples,” he told reporters on his way into meetings Tuesday morning. “These are things that we’ve been doing, and it shows that we’re actually on the right track. As frustrating as it is that that judgement came down, I think it gives us a path forward and that’s what we’re going to be working on.”

The feds are looking to hire a former judge to help guide the process when it comes to consulting with First Nations.

With files from the Canadian Press