Douglas Eyford appointed to negotiate with First Nations on Prince Rupert Fairview container terminal issues



    OTTAWA, Jan. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon,
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Chuck
Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal
Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, and the Honourable David
Emerson, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Pacific Gateway
and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics, today announced the appointment of
Mr. Douglas Eyford as chief federal negotiator to work with First Nations to
resolve their outstanding concerns with the Prince Rupert Port Authority's
Fairview container terminal projects.
    "I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Eyford," said Minister
Cannon. "His appointment is another step towards achieving our government's
commitment to a timely long-term solution to First Nations concerns with
Prince Rupert's container terminal projects."
    "The recent opening of Prince Rupert's new container terminal marked the
beginning of a new era for Prince Rupert and a major milestone for British
Columbia and Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor initiative," said
Minister Emerson. "Partnership was key to the new terminal being built and it
will continue to drive the development of the Port of Prince Rupert in the
future."
    "Mr. Eyford has an excellent background that is well-suited to this
important role," said Minister Strahl. "He will be responsible for helping
resolve outstanding issues with First Nations. Our government is committed to
negotiating a fair and balanced agreement that will provide access to economic
opportunities and benefits for local First Nations, their neighbours and all
Canadians."
    Mr. Eyford is a litigation partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, of
Vancouver, B.C., practising in civil litigation and alternative dispute
resolution. He is currently with Indian and Northern Affairs Canada acting as
a chief federal negotiator. He has also represented clients at arbitrations
and mediations, and appeared as counsel in British Columbia and Manitoba
courts, and before regulatory and administrative tribunals. He has lectured
and written extensively on legal issues, including insurance litigation and
media law.
    The Government of Canada invested $30 million in the construction of the
new Fairview container terminal and is investing a further $28 million to
establish a state-of-the-art container-screening program to help ensure secure
and efficient border services for the terminal.




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For further information: Karine White, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700;
Ted Yeomans, Office of the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs and Federal
Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, Gatineau, (819) 997-0002;
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