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Taseko Mines Ltd. could be forgiven if it is feeling a bit like a pawn in a chess match between the Harper government and British Columbia’s First Nations communities.

Ottawa this week rejected for a second time the company’s application to build the $1-billion New Prosperity gold and copper mine in the B.C. Interior. While defensible on its own merits, the decision was taken as the government works to build trust with aboriginal communities to win approval for resource projects like Enbridge Inc.’s Northern Gateway pipeline and Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain pipeline expansion.

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