Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently visited Canada’s North, formally unveiling the federal government’s new economic development office. The Northwest Territories government stated that the Mackenzie Valley pipeline project would assist the federal government’s strategy by bringing development to the North. Ottawa is currently negotiating with the partners of the pipeline project, including the Aboriginal Pipeline Group, Imperial Oil, ConocoPhillips, Royal Dutch Shell, and Exxon Mobil, on a fiscal framework which would contain federal support for required infrastructure. The federal government stated that it believes it is "making progress on a fiscal framework that will make the project viable."