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By Darren Krause
Tsuu T’ina First Nation members will vote next month on a new proposal for the southwest leg of the ring road, the province confirmed late Wednesday.
The tentative agreement is similar in nature to a 2009 deal that was rejected by band members, according to Alberta Transportation minister, Ric McIver.
“We have agreed on conditions to the ring road, and now the Tsuu T’ina people need to approve it,” said McIver.
McIver was mum on details of the deal until it was approved by the Tsuu T’ina people, preferring not to interfere with their voting process. He would not confirm if the new deal exceeded the proposed $275 million in compensation for members of the Tsuu T’ina Nation.
McIver could not commit to a timetable on the potential completion of the southwest ring road, should the deal be approved in an October vote.
“If the vote is approved, a process begins, and it first needs approval from the Canadian government,” he said.
“That could be anywhere from two weeks to two years.”
McIver, a former Calgary alderman, said that he believes the deal that was struck will be in the best interest of the Tsuu T’ina Nation, Albertans and Calgarians.
“We worked hard on it with the chief and council,” he said.
The proposed deal comes after a new Tsuu T’ina chief, Roy Whitney, was elected in December 2012 and a new expansion of the Grey Eagle Casino and nearby performance hall will almost certainly drive more traffic to the First Nation, located on Calgary’s southwest outskirts.
DETAILS FROM 2009 DEAL:
Key elements of the 2009 proposed final agreement with Tsuu T’ina Nation for southwest Calgary ring road lands.
Transfer of 988 acres of Tsuu T’ina Nation land to Alberta for the southwest Calgary ring road and utility corridor.
The Nation would receive $275 million plus up to 4,858 acres of Crown land to be added to the reserve. The Crown land is contiguous to the Nation’s current boundaries.
Provision for cash-in-lieu should all of the Crown land not be available. The cash-in-lieu was subject to the approval of the Nation.
Alberta would complete the initial phase of the ring road within six years of obtaining control of the ring road lands.