by Greg Klein
While Canadian environment minister Leona Aglukkaq ponders the fate of Taseko Mines’ TSX:TKO $1.1-billion New Prosperity proposal, supporters came out in force at a December 10 Vancouver event. Presented by the B.C. Chamber of Commerce, a packed audience of 75 to 80 people included politicians, business people, a union representative, a mining engineer and others. Not invited, apparently, were opponents, among the strongest of whom include six regional native chiefs. But if the event was one-sided, it heard support from a range of perspectives. Among the backers was a Tsilhqot’in band member who challenged his community leaders to call a general assembly on the issue.