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Indigenous rights advocate to guide BC in Trans Mountain pipeline challenge – The Globe and Mail

Aug. 10, 2017

In naming Thomas Berger the B.C. government’s outside counsel for legal challenges involving the Trans Mountain pipeline project, Attorney-General David Eby recalled studying Mr. Berger’s work when he himself was a law student.

“His history extends all the way back to the Calder decision, which actually established the existence of First Nations title in the highest court in Canada, the Supreme Court of Canada,” Mr. Eby told reporters on Thursday.

“We think he is absolutely the right person to guide us in this.”

Mr. Berger was described as “one of the pre-eminent legal figures in the history of this province” when he was awarded the Order of British Columbia more than a decade ago. He has also received the Order of Canada.

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