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A noteworthy exchange from question period Wednesday in the House of Commons

OTTAWA - On Wednesday, NDP MP Nathan Cullen asked Kelly Block, the parliamentary secretary to Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford, about the Northern Gateway pipeline project in B.C. The federal government is expected to deliver its decision about whether to allow the controversial project to proceed any day now.

Cullen: Mr. Speaker, from the prime minister's own hand-picked adviser, to Jim Prentice, to B.C. First Nation leaders, all have warned the government that if it tries to ram through the Enbridge Northern Gateway project against the wishes of B.C. First Nations, not only will it ensure that this bad pipeline never gets built, it also puts at risk many other industrial development projects across B.C.

Conservative arrogance is threatening the B.C. economy. Are all 21 British Columbia Conservative MPs going to sit on their hands while the belligerence of the government threatens B.C.'s economy?

Whatever happened to stand up for Canada? When are you going to stand up for British Columbia?

Block: Mr. Speaker, as I said, there is a process that is currently underway. The joint panel has provided the government with its report and we are carefully considering it prior to making any decisions on this project.

Once again, projects will only proceed if they are safe for Canadians and safe for the environment.

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