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Alward government defends record on shale consultation –

Premier, energy minister dispute notion province hasn’t consulted with aboriginal community

Oct 23, 2013

The New Brunswick government is challenging charges that it failed to consult with the aboriginal community about shale gas exploration and development.

That idea has been put forward by aboriginal leaders, anti-shale groups and political opponents of the Alward government as a contributing factor to the violence on the protest line in Rexton last Thursday, when 40 protesters were arrested and five police vehicles were set on fire.

On Wednesday, Premier David Alward declared his government has been engaged with First Nation communities “more than any other government in New Brunswick’s history.”

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