While the Tsuu T’ina First Nation members voted down the proposed deal for the SW leg of the ring road, a federal minister thinks there’s still a chance.

Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development Chuck Strahl believes it’s entirely possible a deal could yet be struck.

“There’s obviously some confusion about the terms,” he said.

The deal was defeated by 60 per cent in a band vote June 30.

He said he’s seen it happen, such as with the Peguis First Nation in Manitoba, where minds are changed or another vote is held.

“At face value it seems like a pretty aggressive deal,” Strahl said, while in Claresholm over the weekend.

However, he said it’s only a theoretical discussion for him right now, as he’s not involved until after a deal goes through.

“We’re not willing to push the rope up hill,” he said.

The minister had spoken with Chief Sandford Big Plume, who had seemed very open to the deal and has continued to express interest in negotiations.

Strahl said the band members may choose to look at the deal through “new glasses” but acknowledges they may let it pass them by.

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