“A last-ditch attempt by the company to save its interests.”
That’s how Chief Joe Alphonse, Tribal Chair of the Tsilhqot’in National Government, describes Taseko Mine’s decision to take the Federal Government to court for its rejection of the New Prosperity Project.
Alphonse also calls it desperate.
“I think they’re in the midst of a hostile takeover and they want to prove that they’re doing something or whatever,” he says.
“Keep in mind the government that was in power when this project was turned down was the Harper government-the most pro-business government this country has ever seen and yet they found this to be a bad project.”
Alphonse goes on to say that if anyone should be getting sued it should be the company’s CEO and Manager by the shareholders.
“I think that they’ve been very irresponsible. I don’t think they paint the entire picture of the company in where they’re at,” he says.
“I think if anybody’s suing anyone, it’s these guys. They should of been gone a long time ago.”
Taseko announced on February 12, 2016, that they filed a civil claim in the BC Supreme Court against the Canadian federal government seeking damages in relation to the February 25, 2014 decision concerning the New Prosperity Project, a multi-billion dollar gold-copper deposit approximately 125km southwest of Williams Lake.
The company according to their website is currently being attacked by a dissident shareholder who has launched a proxy contest in an attempt to gain four seats on Taseko’s Board of Directors.
(with files from George Henderson)