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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a National Day of Honour on May 9 in Ottawa.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a National Day of Honour on May 9 in Ottawa.
(Adrian Wyld/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Harper’s economic policy may be threatened by his aboriginal policies

Stephen Harper has built an economic policy that’s heavily-based on resource projects, but his aboriginal policies might put it at risk.

The UN’s special rapporteur on indigenous peoples lent his weight Monday to First Nations who want more of a say in resource projects. But his report also underlines how many of those projects, and how much of Stephen Harper’s economic agenda, already depend on the Crown’s relationship with First Nations.